“Anyone who looks at the 2022 budget will immediately see that it does not respond enough to the country’s most urgent issues of COVID-19 and poverty alleviation,” Liza Maza, spokesperson of the Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) stressed.
“Our heroic healthcare workers deserve more than lip service from the government. They are overworked and underpaid, even before the pandemic. Their Special Risk Allowances and other benefits are long overdue,” says Liza Maza, CPDG spokesperson.
While Sec. Duque explained that the funds were already “accounted for” in a statement on Aug. 11, the mass resignation of nurses and health workers over unpaid benefits including the unreleased COVID-19 hazard pay, among others, looms.