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GIVE HEALTH WORKERS MORE BENEFITS – VILLANUEVA

Senator Joel Villanueva pushed the passage of a bill that would institutionalize additional benefits for health workers, saying action should speak louder than words in giving honor to those who put their lives on the line in the battle against COVID-19. “We can shower our health care workers with words of admiration, praises and all […]

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ANGARA: SUSTAIN BENEFITS FOR HEALTH WORKERS

The Senate Committee on Finance is set to present in plenary the committee report on the bill that will ensure the benefits intended for public and private health workers under the Bayanihan 1 and 2 laws will continue to be provided even after their expiry. Senate Bill 2371 filed by Senators Dick Gordon and Senator […]

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2022 BUDGET MUST KEEP UP WITH COVID-19 – ANGARA

Senator Sonny Angara sees the need for more flexibility in the processes involved in the annual submission of the national budget to keep up with the constantly changing demands and situation on the ground during the pandemic. As the chairman of the Committee on Finance, Angara noted that many of the requirements of the various […]

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CONTINUE HEALTH WORKERS’ HAZARD PAY – ANGARA

Senator Sonny Angara reminded the Department of Health (DOH) that apart from the special risk allowance (SRA) to health workers, they are also entitled to hazard allowance as the frontliners in the country’s battle against COVID-19. Citing Section 21 of Republic Act 7305 or the Magna Carta of Public Health Workers, Angara said that during […]

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VILLANUEVA TO GOV’T: DIALOGUE WITH HEALTH WORKERS

Senator Joel Villanueva has urged the government to promptly hold a top-level dialogue with the health workers’ groups in recognition of their services as frontliners in saving lives in these critical times. “Our healthcare workers are already overworked and exposed to COVID-19 infection. They deserve better treatment and they need not go on walkouts or […]

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VILLAFUERTE: OK HAZARD PAY FOR HEALTH WORKERS

Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte is calling on Congress to fast-track the approval of two legislative measures that aim to provide health workers with hazard pay plus substantial increases in the current rates of their overtime pay and other benefits.  Villafuerte said these proposals, which he authored, will prevent a repeat of the  current unrest […]

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HIKE IN HEALTH WORKERS’ SRA IN 2022 BUDGET URGED

Senator Joel Villanueva said funds for the two special pay allowances for medical front liners should be “rolled over” in next year’s national budget. Villanueva is however proposing a bigger 2022 allocation for the Special Risk Allowance (SRA) and the COVID-19 Active Hazard Duty Pay (AHDP) so that health workers may receive bigger amounts of […]

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GIVE HEALTH WORKERS RIGHT BENEFITS – GORDON

Senator Dick Gordon, chair of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, said the preliminary hearing on the alleged deficiencies in management of the Department of Health’s (DOH) COVID-19 funds focused on the alleged delayed provision of the healthcare workers’ benefits. “We are calling this hearing because this is a very serious matter and we cannot just […]

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HEALTH WORKER BENEFITS IN ENDED BAYANIHAN 2 REMAIN

The law extending the availability of appropriations under Bayanihan 2 has expired but many of its provisions will continue while the state of national emergency declared by President Rodrigo Duterte remains in place, Senator Sonny Angara said. Republic Act 11519 or the law extending the availability of Bayanihan 2 funds expired on June 30, 2021 […]

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BINAY TO IATF, DOH: PROTECT ALL HEALTH WORKERS

“There is a need for us to plan ahead and protect healthcare workers at any cost in case they are exposed to new infections.” Senator Nancy Binay urged the Department of Health and the IATF to come up with a comprehensive approach that will involve the full hierarchy of infection prevention controls as well as […]