URGENT For Health Usec Vergeire: Here is the URGENT legal research & staffwork to ask IATF thru, CabSec Nograles to approve updating the protocol for volunteer healthworkers’ allowance from Php500 to P1,500 to comply with legal standards set by SC on healthworkers’ compensation in a recent SC decision

Posted at 2:05 pm March 29

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        URGENT For Health Usec Vergeire: Here is the URGENT legal research & staffwork to ask IATF thru, CabSec Nograles to approve updating the protocol for volunteer healthworkers’ allowance from Php500 to P1,500 to comply with legal standards set by SC on healthworkers’ compensation in a recent SC decision

               “Even heroes have the right to bleed…”
                                -Five for Fighting

              With any luck, the tropical hot weather sunlight, heavy humidity, tons of free running water and soap, delivery of enough food packs and supplies to the poorest sectors, successful quarantining, social distancing, protection for all healthworkers, and focused and massive testing, will cut in half the spread of Covid19  in the next 14 days (factors cited in a non-peer-reviewed empirical study of an expert in Wuhan, China).

        HOWEVER, the IATF, the DOH, medical and epidemiological experts, people’s organizations, and many more, being rational beings, are preparing calmly for the worst case scenario. The worst case scenario requires at the very least,  doubling the number of healthworkers attending to Covid19 patients, contact-tracing, and testing PUIs and PUMs.

         In this regard, the DOH has publicly called for volunteer healthworkers, offering a package that included a daily P500 allowance. This was met with anger and hostility from medical practitioners and ordinary citizens, who asked for more transparency on the disbursement of health funds for Covid19, i.e., raised questions on where the money is going and why are healthworkers being treated this way. DOH Usec Ma. Rosario Vergeire has apologized for the announcement with the explanation that the allowance was based on a protocol.

           She promised to work harder in solving the problem and justified the amount by saying that the supplemental budget has been approved which allocated the biggest slice for the purchase of more PPEs, or personal protective equipment, for healthworkers.

         More PPEs : Good! Very good —  You would find however that having doctors, nurses, and healthworkers inside the HazMat suits works better. 

        URGENT. Embedded below, in green font, for use of the Department of Health, is the required legal research and staffwork so that the DOH can ask the IATF to approve updating the protocol for volunteer healthworkers’ allowance from Php500 to P1,500 to comply with legal standards set by SC on healthworkers’ compensation in a recent SC decision. Hope this is useful.

MEMO 
For: The IATF thru Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles,
From: Health Undersecretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire
Subject: Urgent requirement to double the number of health workers and to comply with the legal standards on health workers daily allowance for their sustenance

      Dear IATF Director and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles,

       Re. Urgent requirement to double the number of health workers and to comply with the legal standards on health workers daily allowance for their sustenance
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – 

          In line with the Covid19 mathematical modelling studies made by our medical and epidemiological experts, we need to double the number of health workers functioning from the number _______ to _________ by April __, 2020, in order to meet the needs of an expected _______  (number of people) that would require treatment and hospitalization. We have moved in this direction by attempting to recruit more volunteer healthworkers by posting a call volunteer doctors, nurses, and hospital staff. However, within a few hours of posting our call for more volunteers, we were met with hostility from medical practitioners and netizens who have correctly pointed out that the P500 protocol allowance per day for the volunteers is almost sub-human.

          We agree, and I have publicly apologized for it. The protocol has not been updated and is certainly outdated. Not only is it sub-human, it is also not at par with the legal standards on the salary of nurses in the public sector.

           Based on research of our legal team, we found out that the legal standard for the salary of nurses in the public sector has been set by the Supreme Court in the case “Ang Nars Partylist vs. Executive Secretary” GR No. 215746, Oct. 8, 2019 at
http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/8295/

where the Supreme Court held that the salaries of government nurses should be P33,279 a month.

          While the volunteers that would be recruited are not going to be regular employees, their allowance should be at least at par with legal standards considering the risk and hazard that they are exposed to. Based on this legal standard, we need to update our protocol at this time and raise said allowance from P500 a day to P1,500 a day in order that our volunteer healthworkers can meet the daily required sustenance to keep themselves healthy and functioning to meet the task that would be assigned to them and for us to save more lives.

           Based on this updated protocol, following is the computation of the amount we would need for the sustenance of _____ (number) healthworkers in ____ shifts for the period April ___ to April ____, 2020

     (Embed computation here).

          We request your approval within the next 24 hours.

            Kindly treat the matter with utmost urgency.

                                                                                              Yours truly,
   Health Undersecretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire

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         Hope this draft, which can be further substantiated, is useful. Sana po ay patuloy kaming nakakatulong kahit kaunti sa pamamagitan nito.

     Pangalagaan ang lahat ng frontliners!

     Marami pong salamat. -marichu

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