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DOH says P536.74 million in SRA disbursed to health workers so far

The Department of Health has so far distributed P536.74 million worth of special risk allowance (SRA) to health workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Monday.

In a taped Cabinet briefing, Duque reported to President Rodrigo Duterte that for Batch 3 and Batch 4 of the SRA, they also have disbursed P662.20 million to health facilities, as of October 4.

Duque said they are also coordinating with private hospitals and local government units in releasing the remaining amount of P1.33 billion SRAs to health workers.

"Patuloy ang pakikipagtulungan sa lokal na pamahalaan at pribadong ospital upang makumpleto ang pagbaba ng P1.33 billion sa health care workers sa lalong madaling panahon," said Duque.

[We are continuing to work with local governments and private hospitals to complete the disbursement of P1.33 billion to health workers as soon as possible.]

Duque said they are also asking more funds from the government to expand its SRA to other health workers.

Overall, Duque said they have so far disbursed P15.3 billion benefits to healthcare workers amid the pandemic.

Several medical frontliners have expressed frustration over the delays in the distribution of benefits, holding protests and calling for Duque's ouster.

During the House budget deliberations, it was revealed that the reduction in the proposed 2022 budget for the country's COVID-19 response affects funds for health workers' SRA. — BM, GMA News