MANILA, Philippines — Over Php14 billion worth of benefits have been disbursed to healthcare workers (HCW) in two tranches, the Department of Health (DOH) said.
In a statement released Sunday (Sept. 5), the DOH reported that, as of September 3, Php14.3 billion worth of benefits for healthcare workers has been disbursed covering the period of September 15 to December 19, 2020 (Period 1) and December 20, 2020 to June 30, 2021 (Period 2).
For Period 1, the health department said Php6.4 billion has been disbursed to HCWs. This covers active hazard duty pay for 384,159 healthcare workers and special risk allowance (SRA) for 306,314 HCWs.
Meanwhile, 103,096 HCWs received meals, accommodation, and transportation allowances worth Php 990.9 million.
For Period 2, Php6.9 billion worth of SRA was disbursed to 379,117 healthcare workers.
Under the same period, 32,281 healthcare workers were covered with life insurance worth Php16 million.
The DOH also reported that Php 570 million worth of checks has also been released to 24,034 healthcare workers as COVID-19 sickness and death compensation.
The DOH said HCWs from both public and private health facilities catering to COVID-19 patients are beneficiaries of these benefits.
“Maliwanag sa amin ang sakripisyo ng mga medical frontliners. Within the DOH family includes 72 hospitals with more than ten thousand medical frontliners. They, like many others, put their lives at risk every day in order to serve patients from all over the country and from all walks of life,” Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said in the statement.
“Kaya sinisiguro namin na maibigay ang benepisyo sa pinakamaagang panahon, at ipaglalaban talaga namin ang budget para sa patuloy na pagkakaroon nitong mga benepisyo sa susunod na taon,” he added.
The funds for the said benefits were downloaded to the health facilities as stated in the Memorandum of Understanding between them and the DOH-Centers for Health Development (CHD).
The health facilities are then responsible for disbursing these to the employees and submitting a liquidation report thereafter.