Ex-VP Binay urges gov't to give nurses, health workers long-delayed benefits, allowances

Published October 20, 2021, 11:53 AM

by Patrick Garcia

Former Vice President and senatorial aspirant Jejomar Binay urged the government on Wednesday to hasten the distribution of the long-awaited allowances and benefits of the country’s nurses and health care workers (HCWs).

Former Vice President Jejomar Binay

“Nurses are leaving their jobs during this pandemic. Our hospitals are facing a shortage in nurses that could turn critical in the coming months. In the event of another surge, its effects on our health care system could be disastrous,” Binay said.

Binay said that to prevent the country’s loss of HCWs, the national government must first ensure that they receive their long-delayed benefits under Bayanihan 1 and 2. Second is to provide them, retroactively, additional allowances and benefits.

“I support legislative measures that will give them additional hazard pay, insurance coverage, compensation should they get sick from COVID-19, and indemnification for their families in case of death as a result of COVID contracted from work,” he said.

“In the long term, provide them with decent wages and job security that will make overseas employment a personal choice rather than a necessity. I am certain that given wages and benefits commensurate to their skills and education, our nurses and other health care workers will choose to stay home,” Binay explained.

“We have been providing other countries with nurses and other health workers, and now we are suffering from their absence,” the former vice president said.