The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released a total of P311.79 million to the Department of Health to cover the payment of the Special Risk Allowances (SRA) of public and private health workers, three (3) days after the President issued his directive. Said funds were charged from the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund and Unprogrammed Appropriations under the FY 2021 General Appropriations Act.
Guided by Administrative Order No. 42 and DBM-DOH Joint Circular No. 1 dated June 16, 2021, about 20,208 public and private health workers directly catering to COVID-19 patients shall receive an SRA not exceeding P5,000 per month from December 20, 2020 to June 30, 2021. The grant of the COVID-19 SRA shall be pro-rated based on the number of days that the public and private health workers physically report for work in a month.
The Department of Health shall facilitate the downloading of the funds to the DOH-retained hospitals, treatment and rehabilitation centers, private hospitals and other COVID-19 facilities.
The DBM is committed to fulfill its mandate of promoting the efficient and effective management of the national budget while also ensuring that the needs of the Filipino people are met, especially of healthcare workers, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.