Duque looks into complaints of unreleased allowance for HCWs

August 13, 2021 Lee Ann P. Ducusin 176 views

HEALTH Secretary Francisco T. Duque III yesterday said he will look into reports that some healthcare workers have not yet received their special risk allowance (SRA) even for the year 2020.

In a television interview, Duque said to his knowledge, the funds for SRA for 2020 have already been released to Department of Health (DOH) regional offices since they are the ones who will distribute the allowances to hospitals.

“Ang alam ko kasi naibaba na so aalamin ko kung ang mga DOH regional offices – 17 regional offices kasi ‘yan and libong mga ospital – so aalamin ko kung anu-ano itong ospital na ‘to,” he said.

Duque made the statement in the wake of alleged complaints of delayed releases of the allowance as well as discrepancies in the actual amounts being given to the healthcare workers.

Ang Probinsyano Party-list Representative Alfred Delos Santos filed a resolution seeking an investigation into the supposed “administrative impediments” that prevented the timely release of the SRA.

In June, the Department of Budget and Management released P9.02 billion for the granting of SRAs to health workers, covering the period of December 20, 2020, to June 30, 2021.