Pres. Duterte thanks health workers for being Covid-19 frontliners

Pres. Duterte thanks health workers for being Covid-19 frontliners

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in a national televised press briefing ensured the nation that government is on top of the situation.

Having just announced that he has put the entire island of Luzon on an enhanced community quarantine with the intention stopping the spreading of the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or Covid-19.

In the same press briefing the President thanked the country’s first line and frontliners in this war against Covid-19 – the doctors, nurses, and other health workers for attending to patients who tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

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The Chief Executive in national tv broadcast vowed to express his gratitude to the frontliners  “in a more tangible way” when the health crisis is over.
He also also gave a direct order to the departments of budget and management (DBM) and health (DOH) to find a way to best compensate health workers.
A few days back, opposition senator Rissa Hontiveros urged the Duterte administration to the grant of hazard pay to health workers, government employees, military and police, security personnel, service workers and other frontliners in the government’s efforts to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

Hontiveros finds her reasoning under the Magna Carta of Public Health Workers (Republic Act 7305) doctors, nurses and other health workers whose work exposes them to “danger, occupational risks and perils to life” must receive an additional hazard pay which can be as much as 25 percent of their monthly basic salary, depending on their pay grade.
Currently, more than 100 countries affected by Covid-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic which means a worldwide spread of a new disease

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