MANILA, Philippines — Over half-a-million well being care staff and different non-medical personnel within the front-lines of the extended battle towards COVID-19 will obtain a complete of P7.92 billion in allowances.
In an announcement on Thursday, the Division of Price range and Administration (DBM) stated the quantity launched to the Division of Well being (DOH) lined the “one COVID-19 allowance” (OCA) of 526,727 eligible staff.
These staff included these working in each private and non-private well being amenities. Non-health care staff have been additionally made eligible if their job entailed COVID-19 response, the DBM stated.
The DBM stated P4.5-billion price had been put aside for 100,313 plantilla personnel of the DOH who’ve been on responsibility in public hospitals (together with these run by the navy and state universities), workplaces, in addition to rehabilitation facilities.
“The remaining P3.42 billion is for 426,414 well being staff reporting in native authorities models (LGUs) and personal well being amenities, amongst others,” the DBM stated.
OCA allowed eligible staff to obtain an quantity “relying on their degree of COVID-19 publicity” underneath a DOH administrative order issued this 12 months.
“Well being staff who’re recognized to be at excessive threat shall obtain P9,000 a month, whereas those that are decided to be in reasonable and low threat are entitled to a month-to-month good thing about P6,000 and P3,000, respectively,” the DBM stated, citing the DOH order.
“The profit shall be given in full quantity, supplied that the well being skilled bodily reviews to work for at the least 96 hours per 30 days; in any other case the profit shall be prorated,” the DBM added.
The DBM stated that apart from the quantity it already launched which was a part of the DOH’s company price range for 2022, “an extra P42 billion will be tapped underneath unprogrammed appropriations for the supply of OCA this 12 months.”
Unprogrammed appropriations in file P5.02-trillion 2022 nationwide price range shall be sourced from both international borrowings or extra revenues.
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