An additional P451.31 million was released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for the payment for the Special Risk Allowance (SRA) of eligible public and private healthcare workers (HCWs) who are directly catering to or are in contact with COVID-19 patients from December 20, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Of this amount, P407.08 million was charged from the Contingent Fund while P44.23 million was charged from the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund under the FY 2021 General Appropriations Act.
Overall, the DBM has already released a total of P8.23 billion, which benefitted about 499,116 HCWs who each received an SRA not exceeding P5,000 per month for the covered period.
The SRA is an additional benefit received by HCWs, apart from the existing compensations as prescribed under the Magna Carta of Public Health Workers and the DOH-DBM Joint Circular No. 1, series of 2016.