Duterte to give ultimatum over noncompliance with Bayanihan Law

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque on the sidelines of the 22nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque reported that the chief executive may set a deadline for government agencies to provide compensation to health care workers who became severely ill or died of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

This was the Palace’s response when senators expressed dismay that none of the more than 30 health care workers who contracted Covid-19 received compensation packages as mandated by the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act or Republic Act (RA) 11469.

“We agree with the senators. That’s why in my talk I will ask the President, ‘What is now your mandate?’ Because the last time we talked about stranded OFWs, he simply said, ‘I’ll give these people a deadline,’” Roque said.

“So tomorrow (Thursday) when I meet with the President, I expect him to give the responsible parties again a deadline when to give the benefits to those who have gotten sick,” Roque said.

Recent data showed that a total of 1,172 health care workers have contracted Covid-19, some 952 of whom were mild cases, 218 were asymptomatic, and two fell severely ill.

Meanwhile, 32 health care workers have died of Covid-19.

Under the Bayanihan Law, public and private health care workers who become severely ill or died of Covid-19 in the line of duty are entitled to PHP100,000, while the families of those who succumb to the illness could get PHP 1 million.

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