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DOH Seeks Additional 3,000 Healthcare Workers in Fight Against COVID-19

Applicants will be receiving the benefits stated in the Bayanihan 2 Law, which is expected to be passed any time soon.

With the COVID-19 pandemic seeing no end in the next few months, hospitals, health centers, and other health institutions have already exhausted their supplies, facilities, and even their employees. With cases nearing 200,000 in the Philippines, it’s no wonder that healthcare workers, hospital employees, and other frontliners have been working overtime just to assist patients who are battling the deadly virus. (Read: Here’s How to Keep a Healthy Body With Intra All-Natural Food Supplement)

And now, because of the continuously rising confirmed cases, the Department of Health (DOH) has disclosed that they are in need of 3,000 more healthcare workers across different professions to help in the fight against COVID-19.

“We need 10,468 health workers across for different professions, and we are still short of 3,000 healthcare workers,” said DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire. She adds that the Health Secretary, Franciso Duque III, is appealing for healthcare professionals to apply under the emergency hiring program of the government, as they are badly needed in the country right now.

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Healthcare workers in the Philippines also suffer from low wages forcing many to work abroad. (Photo from Rolex dela Pena / EPA / Al Jazeera)

The undersecretary also says that the healthcare workers who will be applying will be receiving the benefits stated in the Bayanihan 2 Law, which is expected to be passed any time soon. The benefits are as follows:

  • Hazard pay
  • Special risk allowance
  • Health insurance
  • Free accommodation and transportation

Healthcare workers and professionals currently working will also be entitled to the Bayanihan 2 benefits.

As of writing, only 25 health professionals have applied for the program.

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