By Joseph Almer Pedrajas
Top officials of the local government of Manila will be donating their salary for the month of April to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) to help the facility in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Manila public information office made the announcement Saturday night, saying it is the officials’ “way of showing unity and compassion” to the country’s health workers on the front lines.
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said about P4.7 million, the combined worth of the salaries of the city’s mayor, vice mayor, councilors, and a couple of congressmen, will be turned over to the PGH this month.
“In our own little way, we hope that this can strengthen the capacity of our front liners, particularly those in the health sector, [in their battle against the disease],” Moreno said in Filipino.
Moreno said among those who have pledged to donate their salaries include himself, Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, House Minority Leader Rep. Benny Abante, Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza, and councilors Manny Lopez, Rolan Valeriano, and Yul Servo Nieto.