PUBLIC and private health workers can now heave a sigh of relief as their Special Risk Allowances (SRA) will finally be released before the end of the month.
The workers have been waiting for the release of the SRA since December of last year.
In releasing the funds, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) issued a Special Allotment Release Order and Notice of Cash Allocation amounting to over P9 billion to the Department of Health (DOH) to cover the payment of the SRA of public and private health workers.
Asked what caused the delay, the DBM said that they only got to receive the request from the DOH only last June 23.
Under the special allotment order, each public and private health worker are due to receive a minimum of P5,000 per month from December 20, 2020 to June 30, 2021, as provided for in Administrative Order No. 42, s. 2021, dated June 01, 2021, as implemented thru DBM-DOH Joint Circular No.1 dated June 16, 2021.
With the funds now made available to the DOH, qualified public and private health workers can expect the payment of the SRA no later than June 30, 2021.
“The DBM is committed to fulfill its mandate of promoting the efficient and effective management of the national budget to support its budget priorities while also ensuring that the needs of the Filipino people are met, especially of healthcare workers in this time of pandemic,” reads a statement sent via email to reporters.