THE Cebu City Government started distributing the third and final tranche of financial incentives to private health workers in the city on Monday, Jan. 5, 2020.
The recipients of the subsidy, who include nurses and medical technologists, were expected to receive P10,000 each.
They already received P20,000 from the City last year for a total of P30,000 each.
At least 1,800 health workers from the Perpetual Succour Hospital, Southwestern University Medical Center, Cebu North General Hospital, Cebu Velez General Hospital Inc., Adventist Hospital Cebu, Chong Hua Hospital, St. Vincent General Hospital, Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital and Visayas Community Medical Center will have benefited from the program.
Mayor Edgardo Labella said the City Government decided to give them cash assistance for being in the frontline in the war to contain the coronavirus pandemic and for risking their lives in the process.
The City also took note that private health workers receive smaller salaries compared to their counterparts in government hospitals.
Labella apologized to the beneficiaries for the delay, saying the City had to comply with all requirements to ensure the incentives were aboveboard and submit these to the Commission on Audit.
Labella admitted that preparing the documents took some time since they didn’t have a template and had to start from scratch, considering that Cebu City is the only local government unit in the country to provide financial assistance of P30,000 each to qualified private health workers.
According to the mayor, the incentives are for the months of August, September and October. (PAC / PJB)