Following the approval of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the DBM released an additional funding amounting to P1.185 billion for the payment for the Special Risk Allowance (SRA) of 63,812 eligible public and private healthcare workers (HCWs) who are directly catering to or are in contact with COVID-19 patients.  

Overall, the DBM released a total of P11.856 billion, which benefitted 562,928 HCWs who shall receive an SRA not exceeding P5,000 per month from December 20, 2020 to June 30, 2021. 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.