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GO TO DOH: RUSH BENEFITS OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS

Senator Bong Go, who heads the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, commended the Department of Health for fast-tracking the provision of benefits to the country’s health care workers (HCWs). Go further reminded DOH and those in the Executive branch to ensure the proper implementation of the law by providing what is due to frontliners […]

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GORDON LAUDS COVID-19 BENEFITS FOR HEALTH WORKERS

Senator Dick Gordon welcomed the passing on third reading of Senate Bill No. 2421, a measure that he authored and co-sponsored, which extends the granting of COVID-19 benefits to both public and private healthcare workers. Gordon, the vice-chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, said that he hopes that the continued awarding of monetary benefits […]

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VILLAFUERTE TO CONGRESS: NURSE SHORTAGE POSSIBLE

Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte has urged his congressional colleagues to help address the imminent shortage of nurses by passing in the remaining session weeks of the Legislature a bill that would encourage these healthcare workers to stay in the Philippines through reforms in nursing education. “The bill should be acted upon with urgency amid […]

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VILLANUEVA TO DOH: DON’T HIRE CONTRACTUAL WORKERS

Senator Joel Villanueva raised what appears to be conflicting numbers in the Department of Health’s (DOH) hiring program, saying that while the DOH was asking for P3.8 billion in funds to hire additional personnel under its emergency hiring program, there still remained over 14,000 unfilled positions in the department. Villanueva asked DOH representatives at the […]

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GIVE HEALTH WORKERS LABOR DAY PERKS – VILLANUEVA

Whatever worker benefits the government will unveil on Labor Day should include a package for those working in the healthcare sector, Senator Joel Villanueva stressed. “Given today’s circumstances, I think that should be a major plank of the traditional May 1 announcement by Malacanang,” said Villanueva, chair of the Senate labor committee. The veteran legislator […]

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PROBE HEALTH WORKERS’ DELAYED BENEFITS – LOPEZ

A lawmaker at the House of Representatives is seeking a congressional inquiry into the reported delay in the release of allowances and other benefits of medical workers at the frontlines of the country’s battle against coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Manila 1st District Representative Manuel Luis Lopez filed House Resolution No. 1704 which calls for an investigation, […]

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POE URGES COMPENSATION FOR HCW IN BAYANIHAN LAW

Senator Grace Poe exhorted the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging and Infectious Diseases and concerned government agencies to act promptly on the call for help of the country’s health workers (HCW) who are falling ill and risking lives as they carry out frontline duties in battling COVID-19. “The strain of the pandemic […]

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VILLANUEVA: GIVE HEALTH WORKERS BETTER PAY

Senator Joel Villanueva scored the Department of Health (DOH) for its persistent failure to augment the health human resource needed for the country’s COVID-19 response, saying that its emergency hiring program offers terms that are worse than “endo” and unreasonable as the pandemic is anticipated to last until next year. Villanueva, chair of the Senate […]

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LIFT DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HEALTHCARE WORKERS – VILLANUEVA

The incident involving seven Filipino nurses bound for the United Kingdom who were offloaded by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) recently because of the deployment ban on healthcare workers highlights how disjointed this policy is, said Senator Joel Villanueva. Villanueva called on authorities, particularly the Department of Labor and Employment, to immediately sort out the […]

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HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND PATIENTS WITH SEVERE COVID-19 SYMPTOMS TO BE PRIORITIZED IN EXPANDED COVID-19 TESTING––NOGRALES

Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases spokesperson Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles on Monday revealed the general guidelines for expanded COVID-19 testing, explaining in the IATF regular briefing that expanded testing “is defined as testing all individuals who are at-risk of contracting COVID-19 infection.” According to Nograles, “this includes the following […]