Around 2,500 medical and non medical frontliners serving in San Juan City received cash assistance from the city government on Friday as it gave due recognition to their COVID-19 response and intervention efforts.
San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora led the distribution of the financial assistance to the frontliners at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
Zamora said that medical frontliners have received P5,000 while non-medical frontliners received P3,000. These frontliners are assigned in COVID response and interventions such as contact tracing, swabbing, isolation, treatment, patient transport, hospitalization, community quarantine, ayuda distribution and vaccination.
“This is the city’s way of showing our gratitude to our healthcare workers and frontliners who are risking their lives for us. Alam kong napakalaki ng papel na ginagampanan nila sa pandemic response natin at gusto kong ipaalam sa kanila na ramdam ko ang dedikasyon at sakripisyo nila (I know they have a big role in our pandemic response and I want them to know that me and the city are grateful for their dedication and sacrifice). We truly appreciate your dedication and sacrifice,” Zamora said.
“Our pandemic response is a reflection of the Filipino’s bayanihan spirit. We have been getting help and volunteers not just from San Juan City but also from nearby cities and provinces. We appreciate their help and we would like them to know that,” he added.
Zamora said employees from the San Juan Medical Center, City Health Office, City Information Technology Office, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, the Philippine National Police – San Juan City, Bureau of Fire Protection – San Juan City, other city offices and departments, and employees from the 21 barangays who have pitched in are the primary recipients of the financial assistance, along with volunteers from different nearby hospitals, government institutions and the Philippine Red Cross.
The mayor added that there are a lot more people involved in San Juan's COVID-19 response and promised that those who received the financial assistance today are only part of the first batch of the many tranches scheduled.
The San Juan City local government (LGU) runs a hospital, three quarantine facilities, a COVID-19 operations center, and three vaccination centers.