The government should uphold the welfare of health care workers and ensure they are protected against COVID-19 infection, discrimination, and abuse amid the country’s ongoing battle against the pandemic, Senator Risa Hontiveros said in a statement.
In a statement, Hontiveros called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) and local governments to protect health care workers.
“I ask the Philippine National Police and local government units to remain vigilant about cases of discrimination against our health workers and our other kababayans, and to immediately remove abusive officials from position and punish them. They should be protecting people, not harassing them,” she said.
She likewise called on the Department of Health expedite the compensation for health workers, roll out the budget for their hazard pay and other benefits, and ensure provision of free and periodic testing, immune boosters and PPEs.
“Let’s walk our talk. It is our basic duty to give them these resources. We continue to insist that officials admit their shortcomings, instead of covering them up,” she said.
“It is inhumane to stay deaf to their pleas,” she added.