DAVAO City May 28 (PIA)- A total of P1.3 million was already released by the City Government from the trust fund of Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to 26 out of the 28 health workers of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) who are afflicted with the COVID-19 infection.
The trust fund was sourced from the 2020 salary of the City Mayor. P50,000 each was released to 12 health workers earlier.
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the health workers were either performing either as nurse or attendant at the SPMC
She said the health workers have different exposure to the disease in the SPMC since many of them work from different units in the hospital.
Duterte-Carpio observed two of the 28 workers opted to be silent about their situation.
"They never returned our calls. We have been reaching out to one of them for long and is giving us an idea that he does not like the financial assistance, so we will respect his privacy," she said.
Duterte said the name of the other worker was just newly submitted to her.
She said the person does not also return their calls.
"We will still reach out to them tomorrow. If they will not respond, we will respect their privacy," Duterte-Carpio said.
She also assured that the SPMC does not have a problem with medical personnel as it recruits 50 new nurses, medical technologists, radiology technicians and allied personnel.
Duterte-Carpio stressed to respect the rights of workers who have expressed to resign from their work.
She said it is normal for health workers to think of resigning from their jobs because of fear to be afflicted with COVID-19 infection due to their exposure to the disease.
"Nobody will judge them. Nobody will think bad about them. We understand that when they go home, they have companions at home who are vulnerable. They are within their right to resign," she said.
Duterte-Carpio said that more importantly, the SPMC administration has expressed its willingness to let go of some workers without judgement of their move.
She said only two health workers died due to COVID-19 infection during the early days of the pandemic in the city. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)