ILOILO CITY – Antique Rep. Loren Legarda called as fake news reports of a mass resignation of nurses at the provincial government hospital that came as the province is dealing with a high number of COVID-19 cases.
“Hinihiling ko sa ating mga kasimanwa na mahilig mag-Facebook, gamitin po ninyo ang Facebook para makatulong sa ating mga frontliners at mahihirap na kasimanwa. Huwag gamitin ang Facebook para manira sa kapwa (I request those who like to use Facebook to use it to help our frontliners and those who are less fortunate. Let us not use Facebook to destroy others),” said Loren in response to reports that
several nurses at the Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital (ASMGH) in the capital town of San Jose de Buenavista have left their jobs because of delayed salary.
“Sa inyong ginagawang niyan lalo pong sasama ang sitwasyon at hindi maganda ang tingin sa inyo ng taong bayan (What you people are doing is making the situation worst),” she said in an online address. “You will never see me criticizing the government during this time of crisis. What we need is to help each other,” she added.
Antique Gov. Rhodora Cadiao denied that the nurses’ salaries have been delayed. She also called the reports as fake news and political in nature as the 2022 elections are upcoming.
“There is no delay in the release of the nurses’ salary. The provincial government has an allocated budget for the salary of our hospital personnel,” Cadiao said Saturday.
But Cadiao did confirm there are some nurses who are resigning for personal reasons. She said one nurse is pregnant while two others are not taking the risk of getting infected with COVID-19.
Cadiao assured there are enough nurses and other medical personnel at ASMGH.