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Dahil wala kayong katulad! Ping: Anti-Covid19 bill includes added benefits for health workers

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Lawmakers may not be able to bring back health workers who died battling the COVID19 threat, but they have done something to help their relatives, as well as other health workers still in the line of duty.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Tuesday the Senate and House of Representatives included added benefits for health workers in the “Bayanihan” bill they passed in their special session.

“One doesn’t need to know him personally to feel the grief. If it’s any consolation at all, the P1M death claim, among other benefits granted to public and private COVID 19 health workers has retroactive application. The measure is now an Enrolled Bill for the President’s approval,” he said in a tweet following the death of cardiologist Dr. Raul Jara (https://twitter.com/iampinglacson/status/1242262215450693632).

The Senate version of the bill, which was adopted by the House, provided for a COVID-19 Special Risk Allowance for health workers, which is in addition to the hazard pay under the Magna Carta of Public Health Workers.

It also included a compensation of P1 million shall be given to public and private health workers who may die while fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. This shall be retroactive from Feb. 1, 2020.

Also, the bill provides compensation of P100,000 to public and private health workers who may contract severe COVID-19 infection while in the line of duty.

Likewise, the bill directs the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to shoulder medical expenses of public and private health workers in case of exposure to COVID-19 (https://twitter.com/iampinglacson/status/1242163866970116109).

Meanwhile, Lacson said accreditation by the Food and Drug Administration of foreign-donated health products, including test kits, will be subject only to a certification by the official regulatory agencies in the country of origin and some very basic parameters is deemed given (https://twitter.com/iampinglacson/status/1242272781753937921).

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