AS THE Covid heroes in Cebu continue to fight valiantly in this battle against the dreaded Covid-19 virus, the Project Balik Buhay (PBB) through the “PBB SalBaBida Program,” turns over the first tranche of salary and bonus assistance to the hardworking and dedicated nurses attending to Covid patients across the different participating PBB private hospital partners in Cebu.
Upon the initiative of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (Opav), and through the collective generosity of the PBB Private Sector Foundation-Partners, the “PBB SalBaBida Program” (Salary and Bonus Assistance for our Bidas) has released the first monthly allowance of P15,000 to the nurses employed by the participating PBB private hospitals for August 2021, following the agreed-upon program requirements.
The “PBB SalBaBida Program” is made possible through the generous support of the Cristina Lee Dino Foundation, SM Foundation Inc., BDO Foundation, LH Foundation Inc., PLDT-Smart Foundation, Juanito I. King Foundation Inc., Visayan Electric Co., Cebu Landmasters Inc., Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) and Century Pacific Group RSPo Foundation Inc.
Witnessing the ceremonial turnover on Sept. 13 at the Visayas Vaccine Operations Center in Oakridge Business Park, Mandaue City were Opav Secretary Michael Dino, IATF 7 chief implementer Ret. Gen. Mel Feliciano, Department of Health 7 assistant regional director Dr. Guy Perez, Opav Undersecretary Jonji Gonzales and Jay Yuvallos of the CCCI and PBB chairman Edmun Liu and co-chairman Kenneth Cobonpue.
The PBB participating private hospital partners include Chong Hua Hospital-Fuente, Chong Hua Hospital-Mandaue, Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital Group, Perpetual Succour Hospital, ARC Hospital, Cebu Velez General Hospital, Adventist Hospital Cebu, Southwestern University Medical Center, St. Vincent General Hospital, The Hospital by Maayo Well and Visayas Community Medical Center.
The “PBB SalBabida Program” was launched in July to help enable and encourage nurses attending to Covid patients across the participating private hospitals in Cebu. The two-month program will run until Sept. 30 and is open to all nurses directly employed by the PBB participating private hospital partners, whether as full-time or project-based employees. Program details apply.
For nurses who may not be able to render a full month assignment attending to Covid patients, the allowance will be computed proportionately based on the number of working hours rendered. Other program details outlined in the signed Memorandum of Agreement among all involved parties will also apply. (PR)