By Armando Fenequito Jr.
DAVAO CITY — Presidential Daughter and Mayor Sara Z. Duterte will be giving her one-year salary to the health workers of Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) who were infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) while performing their duties.
Duterte, in an interview over 87.5 Davao City Disaster Radio on Tuesday night, said she will put her annual salary amounting to P2.1 million into a trust fund to help the infected health workers of the government hospital.
The mayor said she came up with the decision after learning from SPMC Chief of Hospitals Dr. Leopoldo Vega that 12 of its 300 medical workers tested positive for COVID-19.
Duterte said she felt accountable for the frontliners since she was the one who asked the Department of Health to designate SPMC as the only hospital to admit COVID-19 patients in the city.
“I felt somehow nga involved ko because ako tong nagsulti sa Department of Health nga gamiton nato ang SPMC. Pagkabasa nako sa announcement ni Dr. Vega nga 12 kabuok, nagsakit akoang dughan. So naghuna-huna ko what I can do para sa ilaha ( Somehow, I felt involved in this situation since I was the one who asked the Department of Health to use SPMC as the only COVID-19 hospital in the city. When I read the announcement of Dr. Vega that there are 12 health workers infected, I was really heartbroken. So, I decided to do this for them),” she said.
The mayor said she will give P50,000 pesos to each of the SPMC frontliner who tested positive for the coronavirus.
“Kabalo ko nga dili mabayran ang ilahang kakulba, ilahang hadlok, ilahang hago, ang inconvenience. But at least man lang they have money to buy things that would make them feel better (I know that their worries, fea,r and inconvenience cannot be compensated in any way but at least they have money to buy things that would make them feel better),” she said.
Duterte said she was somehow relieved after learning that 11 of the frontliners have been discharged from the hospital.
She said their medical treatment expenses are being taken care of by the city government.