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Bongbong Marcos orders DOH to review health worker benefits issue

Healthcare workers help an elderly person get inoculated against COVID-19 at a vaccination center in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. (Photo courtesy of Ilocos Norte Provincial Government)

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has instructed the Department of Health (DOH) to look into issues affecting health worker benefits in the country, Ma. Rosario Vergeire said Friday.

Vergeire said that as OCI of the DOH, one of his priorities, besides the government’s vaccination campaign against COVID-19 and the response to the pandemic, is to examine the issue of workers’ benefits. health.

“As we said yesterday, part of our priorities, and as requested by the president, that we look at these issues that have plagued health worker benefits,” Vergeire said in an interview with ABS-CBN. NewsChannel.

“We plan to start discussing this with healthcare workers and of course looking at our implementation units, looking at the challenges and how we may be able to address this to facilitate the release of benefits” , she added.

Vergeire said she would seek additional funding for healthcare worker benefits, as she admitted funds for said program were “short.”

Vergeire added that there are also funds that have been uploaded to DOH Health Development Centers to benefit health care workers.

“We also already mentioned during our meeting with the president about two weeks ago that this is part of the priority of the department because we are still short of funds to be able to continue and continue this provision of funds for our benefits to workers of the health,” Vergeire said.

“Kailangan lang ng additional funds to help the nation and maibigay the nation of health workers. We will pursue this,” she added.

(We need additional funds to be able to top up and unlock benefits for healthcare workers.)

According to her, there will be meetings with health workers to discuss “little things”, including requirements that must be met by health facility managers for the release of funds.

“The issues would really be transactional compliance with requirements – some would be that there would be this not signing the MoU if it’s a private hospital, winding up previous funds given to them” , said Vergeire.

“They have to because we are in government and we have to follow the rules and regulations set out for these auditing rules,” she added.

/MUF

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