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7 months ago | Local | 0 comments

By Xai Reyes

Netizen Joei Cruz said her mom died before she even got her hazard pay.

On her Facebook post, Cruz shared her experience after her mother’s fight with COVID-19.

She said a month after her mom died, she has been telling her about how long she and her co-nurses had been waiting for their COVID hazard pay.

Accordingly, they are expecting about P30,000 + their COVID hazard pay, based on the DOH announcement of P500 per day for frontliners.

“I went to her workplace to process some of her docs and to claim her benefits. I was told that her COVID hazard pay is already available. Instead of the expected PHP 30,000+, what I received was PHP 7,000+.” Joie continued.

“Apparently, the COVID hazard pay of the nurses in their public hospital has been reduced to just PHP 150 per day, and on top of it were deductions that were not even properly explained by the hospital administration. In the end, it appears my mom was only given a freaking PHP 64.18 ($ 1.31) per day for her COVID hazard pay for 41 days.” She explained.

“This issue is not about monetary value. This issue is about how governments lie and how we take for granted and exploit our frontliners in the face of this pandemic,” she said.

Joie also recalled how her mother was denied a swab test despite being exposed to a COVID-19 patient since her rapid test showed that she was negative for SARS-CoV-2, and her x-ray and ECG results were normal. Joie’s mother passed away shortly after she was intubated on July 21.

“This issue is about how my mom was treated way below than what she deserves in a local public hospital where she worked in for more than ten years – the first four years of those were without any salary,” Joie added.

photo courtesy: Joie Cruz

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