Marcos hailed for support to healthcare workers

February 6, 2023 Jester P. Manalastas 128 views

HOUSE Deputy Majority Leader Iloilo Representative Janette Garin hailed President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for advocating the interest and welfare of healthcare workers and fulfilling his promise to support “modern-day heroes.”

Garin issued the statement after Marcos announced that healthcare workers will continue to receive allowances despite the expiration of the state of calamity declared in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A former Health Secretary, Garin has been advocating for a stronger healthcare system in the country and recognizes the vast tasks of HCWs to which they are deserving of such benefits even without a pandemic.

“We don’t need a state of calamity to be able to give HCWs allowances. We recognize the immense sacrifice and selflessness that our health workers continue to pour out throughout these trying times,” Garin stressed.

The state of calamity across the country was first implemented in March 2020 and has been extended twice.

Marcos, on the other hand, extended the COVID-19 state of calamity from September until Dec. 31, 2022.

The Department of Health (DOH) has sought an extension because HCWs will continue to receive their COVID-19 benefits and allowances as long as the state of national public health emergency is in place.

However, Marcos no longer sees the need to impose an extension since COVID-19 admissions has already gone down.

Meanwhile, Marcos has assured that the allowances would not be affected and that health workers will continuously receive their additional compensation.

The COVID health risk allowances are given based on the following categories: P3,000 for those deployed in “low risk” areas; P6,000 for “medium risk” areas; and P9,000 for “high risk” areas.

As of December 2022, at least 1.6 million healthcare workers have benefited from the health risk allowance.