A medical worker gets information from a patient at a public hospital in Quezon City yesterday. President Duterte has ordered Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to form a team to manage the distribution of cash aid to healthcare workers who died of or were infected with the coronavirus.
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Families of fallen heroes receive P1 million each
Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) - June 7, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) expects to complete possibly by next week the distribution of compensation for healthcare workers who got infected with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while on duty.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III and DOH Undersecretary Roger Tong-an have personally delivered checks amounting to P1 million each to the families of 29 of the 32 frontliners who succumbed to the virus.

The remaining three checks were set for distribution yesterday, she said at a briefing.

Vergeire maintained that checks each amounting to P100,000 for health workers who got infected severely with COVID-19 would be distributed in the coming days.

“The checks are already prepared and maybe in the coming week, we will be able to give them the compensation,” she added.

The provision of the compensation is provided for under the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act.

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