Duterte Gives Message for Health Workers amid Benefit Issues

Duterte Gives Message for Health Workers amid Benefit Issues


Sandy Ghaz


August 21, 2021



Statement of Pres. Duterte on Health Workers’ Call Over Benefits

DUTERTE – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gave a message for the healthcare workers amid the issues about their benefits and incentives.

The COVID-19 pandemic is greatly affecting healthcare systems across the globe for over a year now. Unfortunately, many doctors, nurses, and other health professionals fell victim to the virus which they contracted in the line of duty.

In the


, there were even instances in the past when restrictions over health workers going abroad were implemented. It was part of the preparation for the possibilities that the pandemic may bring the country.

For the safety of their families, many healthcare workers prefer to keep a distance from their loved ones as exposure to coronavirus patients is quite uncommon among them. Sadly, amid the risks they are taking, there are claims that they have yet to receive the benefits for them.

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In fact, there are groups of healthcare workers saying they might consider mass resignation over the benefits they have yet to receive until now. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines (PHAPi) estimated that 40% of the nurses working in private hospitals left their job in 2020.


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According to the


, more nurses resigned from work following another wave of the COVID-19 in 2021. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gave a message for the health workers over the issues about the benefits for them.

In a virtual program for the arrival of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, Pres. Duterte expressed the government’s gratitude to the health workers for their “selflessness in caring for the sick”. He assured that the government will do its best “to protect and incentivize” the healthcare workers.

“We will always be by your side, ready to help in any way we can,”

the Chief Executive said.

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