March 22, 2023

The Department of Health on Aug. 26 said the special allotment release order for the P311- million Special Risk Allowance (SRA) for health care workers had been downloaded to its Centers for Health Development (CHDs).
The fund will benefit an additional 20,208 healthcare workers.
In a news release, the DOH said the funds transferred to the CHDs would be released to their respective local government units and private health facilities in the coming days.
The release is the first batch of fund transfers for the grant of SRA to hospitals and health facilities that have earlier submitted an additional list of eligible health care workers.
“Naibigay na po ng DBM ang paunang request na P311M para sa SRA ng 20,208  na healthcare workers. Huwag po ka-yong mag-alala at madadagdagan pa itong bilang ng mga healthcare workers na makakatanggap ng SRA sapagkat kasalukuyan tayong nakikipag-ugnayan sa iba’t- ibang LGUs at private hospitals sa pamamagitan ng ating mga CHD, upang makalap ang bilang ng health workers na marapat pang makatangga ng SRA,” said DOH Usec. Leopoldo Vega.
In a statement, the Department of Budget and Management said the grant of the SRA would be pro-rated based on the number of days the health care workers physically report for work in a month.
“About 20,208 public and private health workers directly catering to Covid-19 patients shall receive an SRA not exceeding P5,000 per month from Dec. 20, 2020 to June 30,” the DBM statement read.
The DOH also assured it would continue to support health care workers.
The department, through its CHDs, has coordinated with public and private hospitals to submit the lists of eligible health care workers who are yet to receive the SRA, to allow the agency to comply with requirements to facilitate the requests of additional funding from the DBM.
“Nakikiusap po kami na ang mga ospital at health facilities ay makipagtulungan sa kani-kanilang mga CHD upang makapag-submit ng kanilang mga requirements. Ang ating CHD naman ay handa pong gabayan kayo. Magtulungan po tayo dito,” Vega said.
The DOH has instructed the CHDs to conduct town hall sessions with hospital management and health care workers on SRA processing.
The DOH has recognized the need to further improve inter-agency coordination and streamline processes among its operating units to ensure efficiency in providing benefits for the front-liners.  – Press release