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Rufus’s promise fulfilled as Moreno announces DOH downloadng of P9M funds for healthcare workers

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY’S 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez has fulfilled his promise of helping the healthcare workers of public and private hospital’s long overdue benefits.

This, as Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno announced in yesterday’s (August 20) press briefing that the Department of Health National (DOH-Manila) has already downloaded over Nine Million Pesos (P9-Million) to pay the healthcare workers SRAs and other benefits.

Bayanihan to Recover as One Act as stipulated under Republic Act 11494, and it mandated that healthcare workers are entitled to special risk allowance (SRA) of P5000 per month, meals, accommodation, and transportation benefits.

In order to provide these benefits to all healthcare workers in the country, the Department of Health reportedly downloaded P2.4 billion to centers for health development, DOH-run hospitals, and the so-called ‘specialty hospitals.’

Unfortunately, in the case of healthcare workers in Cagayan de Oro, they have not received their SRAs since January, this year, which amounted to P30,000 per person, excluding other benefits stipulated under the Bayanihan Law.

Earlier last week,  Rufus Rodriguez vowed to bring justice to the sad plight of nurses and other healthcare workers employed at the city-owned JR Borja Memorial Hospital, and other private hospitals in the city.

“Ato kining hatagan ug pagtagad kay dili tiawtiaw ang sakripisyo sa atong mga nurses as among the front liners in the continuing battle against the deadly enemy of the state, which is the coronavirus disease and its recent mutations,” Rodriguez earlier said.

In an interview with a local radio station here, Rodriguez said he was scheduled for a virtual meeting with DOH Secretary Duque and he would bring the matter to help the nurses at JRBMH.

MASS RESIGNATION

A top official of the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) on Sunday said they could not blame the healthcare workers threatening mass resignation because of the government’s failure to give their vital benefits, such as SRA, and meal and transportation allowances.  

PNA National President Melbert B. Reyes told a television network in an interview that as much as they discourage their members to reach the option of mass resignation, they can’t blame them because also of the Duterte administrations failure to provide them what they need, to continue the very delicate tasks of being front liners in the war against the virus.

“Di natin sila masisisi kung gagawin nila ‘yan,” Reyes added, citing that the concerned government does not really appreciate them because of this failure.

Joel Escolhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK_sKdGFs0ewIh9R-iAskDg
Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist in the Philippines for more than 20 years. Currently, he is the Managing Editor of Mindanao Daily News, the biggest and most-widely read newspaper in Southern Philippines. He is also known as Noypi Vlogger in Youtube. You can follow him on the following social networking sites below.
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