ILOILO – The Alliance of Health Workers (AHW) Panay joins today’s protest action to demand the release of Special Risk Allowance for healthcare workers.
Earlier this day, healthcare workers held a protest action in front of the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center to condemn the health department’s failure to provide them with benefits they have been demanding since last year. The group also condemned the Duterte administration’s overall failure to respond to the health crisis. In the said action, healthcare workers symbolically jailed Health Secretary Francisco Duque and called for his ouster.
In Panay Island, healthcare workers wore a red armband as a symbol of support.
This day’s wave of protest actions comes as the deadline for the HCW to receive the benefits promised to them by the DOH had elapsed.
“Madamo pa nga mga Health workers sa Panay sa pampubliko kag pribado nga mga Healthcare facilities ang wala ukon kulang ang pagkahibalo nga dapat may pagabatunon sila nga mga benepisyo sa idalum sang Bayanihan 2, umpisa Sept 15, 2020 tubtob June 30, 2021,” said Ruth Alinsangao, spokesperson of AHW-Panay.
“Sa tunga sang pandemya, diin ka kita nga ang Department of Health mismo nga may control sang pondo para sa benepisyo sang mga doctor, nurses, kag iban pa ang wala ginhatagan prayoridad,” added Alinsangao. The AHW Panay is working with different worker’s associations and unions from different hospitals across the region to collaborate and organize efforts in demanding for better benefits.
According to AHW, healthcare workers are expected to receive 8 more benefits under the Bayanihan 2 Law, which includes (1) Special Risk Allowance or SRA, (2) Hazard Risk Allowance or the AHDP, (3) Transportation and Accommodation Allowances, (4) Compensation for both Public and Private HCW, (5) Meal allowances, (6) Mandatory benefits, (7) Free Hospitalization, and (8) provision for PPE’s.
Alinsangao added that Health workers must “unite and strongly demand” the immediate release of all the benefits intended for healthcare workers. /PT