THE Department of Health (DOH) 7 has released a total of P452,013,498 to pay for the Special Risk Allowance (SRA) of 70,281 private and public health workers in the region directly catering to or are in contact with Covid-19 patients.
The SRA benefit is based on guidelines and is not given across the board.
In a press briefing on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, DOH 7 Director Jaime Bernadas said all those who submitted the required certification from either their public or private hospitals on time, have been given their SRA.
“Those that were claimed on time were released before June 30, but those who have claimed after June 30, that is what we have submitted for additional funding,” he said.
Not all health workers are eligible to receive the SRA as only those that have been given certifications by the chiefs of the different government and private hospitals or the provincial health office are qualified.
Under Bayanihan 2 Law, national government agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations and local government units (LGUs) are authorized to grant Covid-19 SRA not exceeding P5,000 per month to health workers who directly cater to patients of Covid-19.
In its official website, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said it has released P9.02 billion to the DOH to cover the payment of the SRA for qualified public and private health workers.
The fund covers the payment of the SRA for the period of Dec. 20, 2020 to June 30, 2021, the same date that the Bayanihan 2 law expired.
The Covid-19 SRA is pro-rated and is computed by dividing P5,000 by 22 days and multiplying the quotient by the number of days the health worker physically reported to work during the month.
In Central Visayas, the DOH 7 has paid SRA to the following: 6,966 health workers in DOH 7 including DOH hospitals amounting to P171,406,790; 3,223 health workers in Cebu City (P25,000,000); 323 health workers in Mandaue City (P7,156,478); 792 health workers in Lapu-Lapu City (P9,525,722); and 12,509 health workers in Cebu Province (P57,719,297.50).
The DOH 7 also paid P50,378,604.23 to 33,579 health workers in Bohol; P30 million to 7,360 health workers in Negros Oriental; and P649,914 to 38 health workers in Siquijor.
The DOH-run hospitals include Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.
Eversley Childs Sanitarium, Saint Anthony Mother and Child Hospital, Cebu South Hospital, Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital, and Don Emilio Del Valle Memorial Hospital in Ubay, Bohol.
Meanwhile, the DOH 7 paid P100,176,691.81 to 5,491 qualified health workers of private hospitals, facilities, and laboratories.
Bernadas said while the qualifications or criteria in the release of the Covid-19 SRA are being questioned by some, eligible workers who have not received their benefits should direct their questions to their respective chiefs of hospital and local health boards.
Based on guidelines, those qualified to receive the SRA benefit are public health workers and civilian employees occupying regular, contractual, or casual positions who cater to Covid patients whether full or part time or through contract of service or job order, including duly accredited and registered barangay health workers assigned to hospitals, laboratories, or medical and quarantine facilities.
For private health workers, this would include those assigned in the designated Covid-19 units of hospitals, laboratories, or medical and quarantine facilities as certified by the DOH.