MANILA — A bill will be filed in the House of Representatives, seeking to increase benefits for COVID-19 frontliners and extend coverage to their kin in case they succumb to the disease, its proponent said Friday.
Scholarships and lifetime pension for the spouse, children, and siblings of frontliners who die fighting coronavirus disease will show the government's gratitude, Senior Citizens party list Rep. Francisco Datol Jr said in a statement.
Frontliners are identified as those who are exempted from the mandatory home quarantine imposed by the government, as their services are needed in the country's coronavirus response.
Datol said he would also push for additional incentives for frontliners who will survive the crisis, including permanent civil service eligibility.
On April 6, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Administrative Order No. 28 granting health frontliners at most a quarter of their basic pay as a one-time special risk allowance on top of their hazard pay
At least 252 health workers in the Philippines have contracted COVID-19, 152 of whom are doctors while 63 are nurses, the Department of Health said Wednesday.
As of Thursday, the Philippines tallied 4,076 COVID-19 cases, including 203 deaths, and 124 recoveries.