Bong Go: Use available funds to give volunteer health workers proper compensation
MANILA, Philippines - Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go appealed to the Department of Health and the Department of Budget and Management on Sunday, March 29, to provide proper
(This was why we pushed for the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. We gave the President special powers so that government funds could be used and fully equip frontliners fighting the disease head-on.)Go made the appeal after the DOH released on March 27 a call for “doctors, nurses, nurse assistants, hospital orderlies able, healthy and willing to commit to work in the fight against COVID-19.”
Based on Go’s recent discussion with Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, they agreed that aside from allocating funds to equip health workers and enhance health facilities, it is also possible for the government to provide highly skilled volunteers with compensation that is close to the amount received by government health workers but computed on a daily rate.
“Funding should not be a problem,” Go stressed, adding that the amount may be charged against the Maintenance and Other Operating Expense of the agency according to DBM.Go also cited that by considering them as job orders or contract of service workers, they will also be qualified to receive hazard pay in accordance with the recent memorandum of DBM. He added that on top of the hazard pay, DBM is also proposing additional risk allowance to be given to frontliners.
“Makakatanggap rin po ang qualified volunteers ng hazard pay and risk allowance kung ituring natin sila na JO at hindi volunteer lamang. Gamitin po natin ang pondo na meron tayo para ma-enganyo ang volunteers at bilang respeto rin sa kanilang propesyon,” Go explained, adding that “in this time of crisis, we need all the help we can get to defeat the virus.”
(Qualified volunteers would receive hazard pay and risk allowance if they’re considered JO and not just plain volunteers to show our respect for their profession.)ADVERTISEMENTWith this proposal, Go computed the possible compensation that licensed nurses, doctors or nursing graduates who wish to volunteer may receive if his recommendation is granted based on his initial discussions with DBM and DOH officials.
“Kung isa kang volunteer licensed nurse, pwedeng gawan ng paraan para makakatanggap ka ng around 1,200 pesos per day which is almost equivalent to the salary of a Nurse 1, plus 500 pesos hazard pay and perhaps another 500 pesos na risk allowance per day,” Go said.
(If you’re a volunteer licensed nurse, an arrangement could be made so you could receive P1,200 per day which is almost equivalent to the salary of a Nurse 1, plus P500-hazard pay and perhaps another P500 as risk allowance per day.)With this example, a licensed nurse volunteer may get around 2,200 per day of duty for a duration agreed upon with DOH that will be stated in their individual contracts.
On the other hand, the rate of an entry-level licensed doctor at a DOH-run hospital is salary grade 21, equivalent to P59,353 per month. Volunteer doctors may be given a similar amount but computed on a daily basis, according to Go.Go also suggested that if there are qualified volunteers who are nursing graduates but without work experience and are still unlicensed, they can be compensated using a lower daily rate of around P1,000 per day plus hazard pay and other applicable allowances.
The DOH initially offered qualified volunteers an allowance, free food and accommodation and insurance in case they get infected with COVID-19. So far, 593 health workers already signed up to help the government control the public health emergency according to the DOH.
In its call for volunteers, the DOH indicated that qualified volunteers will work in one of the three hospitals in Metro Manila where COVID-19-related cases will be referred, namely, Lung Center of the Philippines, Philippine General Hospital and Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium.
The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act also provides that health workers will receive P100,000 each if they “contract severe COVID-19 infection on duty” and P1 million each for their families in case of death.Go recognized the essential roles of frontliners in this crisis. “Maraming salamat po sa inyong serbisyo. We commend all our frontliners—health workers, doctors and nurses—who have sacrificed their lives to save their fellow Filipinos. Kayo ang mga bayani sa giyera na ito.”
(Thank you very much for your service…You’re the heroes in this war.)Go emphasized that the priority now is to be able to provide immediate healthcare needs to solve the health problem and defeat the virus and, at the same time, to provide cash and food assistance to those who are affected the most in this crisis.
“With the passage of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, bulk of government spending is now allocated to DOH for immediate healthcare needs, DSWD for social assistance especially for affected vulnerable sectors, and DOLE for assistance to displaced workers,” Go mentioned.
Go further urged the DOH to address immediate concerns of the health sector when it comes to much-needed support from the government in equipping and capacitating health institutions so they can be more responsive to the needs of constituents amid the growing threats of COVID-19.
“Para sa ating mga ahensiya ng gobyerno, lalo na ang DOH, hindi naman po nagkulang si Pangulo sa pagsiguro na may sapat tayo na pondo para mapangalagaan ang kalusugan ng mga Pilipino at maresolba ang krisis na ito,” Go said.(To the government agencies, especially DOH, the President made it sure that there would be enough funds to take care of the health of the Filipinos and resolve this health crisis.)
Go said that aside from compensating volunteer health workers, DOH must expedite the procurement of test kits, ventilators, personal protective equipment (PPEs), and other necessary tools to equip hospitals.“Hindi lang naman po compensation ang issue dito (The issue here is not solely about compensation). The best way to help the health sector respond to this crisis is by sufficiently providing them with the tools and protection needed to do their job,” Go stressed.
“Bigyan natin ng pansin ang mga reklamo ng ating frontliners – mga health workers, doctors at nurses. Pakinggan at tulungan natin sila dahil sila ang mas nakakaalam kung ano ang dapat gawin para matapos ang health emergency na hinaharap ng ating bansa,” Go added.
(Let’s pay attention to the complaints of the frontliners – the health workers, doctors at nurses. Listen and help them because they know what to do to end this health emergency the country is facing.)
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Epal Hindi ba ginawa niyo 'yan last month pa?! Senatong Go, kagigising niyo lang ba Just another useless news from you ! Try to review the past weeks articles you are coming up for him. Early campaigning for this moron? Pffft Ride pa more Funny, mabuti pa LGUs outside Luzon, nagpo-provide ng decent compensation sa health workers.
Pambansang epal! 🤮🤮🤮 Nasa Malacanang, no. Daang bilyon! Katay Digong, magpasahod ka ng tama! Sweldo mo nlang donate mo sir... matagal ka narin naman sa gobyerno eh Anong survival rate ng Epal na may COVID? Copy paste na lang sa directive, Mr. Senator. 😂 reactive minds talaga! trapo ka talaga Where is now your Malasakit Centers
Scripted. DOH decisions goes flop then Bong go will save the day. Kahit anong grooming gawin nyo, di ko iboboto yan Puro laway. Nasan ang aksyon? Obviously Sino ba tong gago nato? Umiepal n naman. EPAL hayan kana naman matagal pa ang election wala ka ng ibang ginawa kundi sarili mo! Eto na nman ang first lady ni dutz. .
Trying hard to be relevant. Define proper compensation? Eh yung pera sa ng Pagcor para DOH binulsa mo.. Letse! Anong petsa na! STOP!please re-assess everything. all you know are frontliners.mas maraming nagugutom dhail sa walang guidelines sa LGUs.masyadong magulo. PPEs sa frontliners, pagkain sa mga nasa bahay.
Yan na nga ang matagal na “kinukuda” namin di ba?! Ngayon lang naisip. 🙄 Stop it. clown fakemalasakit Nagbabasa ng comments haha.pero epal pa Rin at bulok After this!please focus on the healthcare law putting 40% of the budget especially free hospitalization and modernizing our healthcare. when all Filipinos are physically and mentally healthy without paying too much. The economy and our military defense will be strong!
You're the April Fool if you think we will believe you To be fair, this is what we all asked for. But we don't trust this government enough that they'll keep their word, right? After that 7-hour delay sa national address why would we believe you all? Point is, we'll clap once it's been implemented already.
April 1. The fool is on us again. Pero hindi ako natatawa. 😡 ...still not using those 'emergency powers'? Nuks sawsaw. F.........k u Basta lang maka sat sat Since when did Bong Go start calling the shots?🙄 Epal pa rin, may virus na nga. 🙄 Saan ang billion 17 day na ah bat parang di nmin ramdam para g mga private sector lng ang nag papalabas ng pera ah saan na.!!! Hoy galaw don baka ka ma2luyan jan..
Huy quarantine ka diba? Kahit magstay ka na dyan forever. Yehey!! Bumulong siya .. ayan na, may mang yayari na. Totoo ang bulong ... Matulog na lang kayo nung DOM mo bong. Um, excuse me? Is he unclear on the definition of volunteer? Then do it. For all we know, you’re the one running the country. Here goes Mr. Parrot again. Repeat, repeat, repeat what is already common knowledge
epal ulit! quarantine your team! People are getting tired of politicians like Go who would take every opportunity for publicity stunt. He should stay at home. 'Available funds' that hasn't gone to the politician's pockets yet? Puro kayo papogi. This isn't election time. puro daldal si dakilang yayo. April 1 na, buhay pa ba si Duterte?
Sweldo nyo wag nyo tanggapin pato pork barrel nyo para ibayad sa frontliners. Ganyan dapat sinabi mo para matuwa kami
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