DOH Asks Health Workers to Volunteer For P500 a Day, With P1 Million Payout If They Die of COVID-19
The Department of Health (DOH) is calling on doctors, nurses, nurse assistants, and hospital orderlies to volunteer against COVID-19. The application portal to be a healthcare warrior was posted just a day ago, with a full FAQ section on the experience, accommodation and food, compensation, and more.
Those who volunteer will be assigned to one of the three hospitals: Lung Center, Philippine General Hospital, or Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital. The daily shift will be eight hours for 14 consecutive days. Then, a mandatory on-site quarantine will take place for 14 days, which the portal compared to a "short holiday."
Food and accommodation will be provided for the entire month. As for compensation, it will be P500 a day through Paymaya. The DOH also promises P100,000 to both public and private health workers that contract "severe COVID-19 infection." While those who may die fighting the outbreak will get a P1 million payout.
There is also an opening for telemedicine doctors that can work from home online or over the telephone to advise patients. The full volunteer job will have no compensation, and food and accommodation will be your responsibility.
President Duterte's economic team has rolled out a P27.1 billion package against the COVID-19 outbreak. "[The package] is designed to do two things: First is to ensure that funding is available for the efforts of the Department of Health (DOH) to contain the spread of COVID-19. Second is to provide economic relief to those whose businesses and livelihoods have been affected by the spread of this disease," said finance secretary Carlos Dominguez III.
Meanwhile, according to Philstar.com, the DOH has P19 billion to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.