Jul 21, 2021 @ 17:33

Binay: PH can’t walk the talk on benefits for frontliners

Does the Duterte government really appreciate medical workers as they say they do? Former Vice President Jejomar Binay doubts it.

In his July 21 Manila Bulletin column, the abogado said COVID-19 frontliners are shortchanged under the current administration.

“The plight of our health workers is yet another example of the disconnect between what government says and what it does, or in this case, did not do. Since last year when the pandemic struck, government officials have been extolling the sacrifices of our health workers,” Binay said.

“But while acknowledging their service and heroism, government cannot even facilitate the release of benefits which, truth be told, are not even sufficient when weighed against the risks that our health workers face each time they don their PPEs and masks,” he added.

Even risk allowance and other benefits supposed to be given to medical workers under the Bayanihan 2 – an urgent stimulus – have not reached their pockets.

“The Health Secretary, however, is washing his hands on the matter, pointing the health workers in the direction of the Department of Budget and Management,” Binay said. “This finger-pointing, however, is emblematic of the inefficiency that has dragged down the government’s response to the pandemic.”

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