San Juan City has begun the distribution of P5,000 cash incentives to medical frontliners in the city in acknowledgment of their invaluable service and sacrifice.
Mayor Francis Zamora said health workers from the San Juan Medical Center, City Health Office, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and the barangay are qualified to receive the cash incentive, as well as personnel manning the city’s COVID-19 facilities, including swabbers.
On the other hand, non-medical government frontliners also received P3,000 each form the city government.
“The incentives are in gratitude and recognition of the dedication and sacrifice of the frontliners as they lead the fight against COVID-19 in San Juan City,” Zamora said.
The mayor said COVID-19 patients who voluntarily submitted themselves for quarantine at the city’s isolation facilities also received P3,000 financial assistance.
“Family members who are not in close contact with the patients and have been cleared by the City Health Office received the financial assistance on behalf of their relatives,” he said.
On Aug. 13, the local government inaugurated a 100-bed temporary living quarters located at the San Juan Elementary School intended for the use of medical staff of the city-run hospital.
The school is just a minute walk from the hospital whose classrooms were turned into sleeping areas equipped with beds, toilets and showers.
A mess hall and a kitchen inside the campus will also provide frontliners with free meals three times a day. A free WiFi connection has also been installed.
“We recognize the hard work of our medical frontliners at the San Juan Medical Center. Exhausted after long hours of work, we want to provide them with a nearby accommodation,” Zamora said.