Senators urged President Rodrigo Duterte to give updates on the status of the Special Risk Allowance (SRA) to health workers under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Law (Bayanihan 2).
In a report consolidating the comments of lawmakers in the first monthly report of President Duterte on the implementation of Bayanihan 2, lawmakers wanted to determine what causes the delay of the “persistent” problem of a delayed release in the hazard pay for medical workers.
“The problem with the distribution of the SRA for health workers has been a persistent issue and a recurring complaint of healthcare professionals,” the senators’ report read.
“The Bayanihan 2 Monthly Report confirmed the (Department of Health) recently submitted to the (Department of Budget and Management) its cost estimates regarding SRA and hazard pay of private and public healthcare workers. What is the cause of this delay?” the senators asked.
11K workers sought
“To ensure that the same issue in the delay of receipt of benefits will not be repeated, the Senate would like to secure a report on the implementation of Sec. 4(k) of RA 11494 including the list of health care workers who received such benefit as well as healthcare workers who have yet to receive the benefit under the same provision,” the report read.
The same report also asked the DoH to provide a timeline in the completion of hiring for additional medical workers to strengthen the government’s COVID-19 response.
President Rodrigo Duterte has reported that a total of 8,980 or 76.72 percent of Human Resource for Health were already hired.
The government is seeking 11,705 medical workers to be assigned in priority health facilities.
Bayanihan 2 is set to expire on 19 December or upon the adjournment of Congress.
The measure provided the President more flexibility in exercising his powers to address the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.