Described by the health department as “the first batch of fund transfers,” the P311.79-million ($6.2 million) SRA funds is a measly 2.6 percent of the unused P11.9-billion ($238.2 million) allocated for health workers’ Special Risk Allowance and Hazard Pay, which the Commission on Audit recently flagged.
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On National Heroes’ Day, various groups held a protest caravan assailing the irregularities in the government’s COVID-19 pandemic response. They declared that corruption amid a pandemic is the “most immoral of its kind.”
Groups look into public spending, politicizing of gov’t programs amid pandemic response, looming elections
Various groups have called on the public to remain vigilant over public spending and the politicizing of government programs amid the still poor pandemic response and the looming national elections next year.
A total of P124.65 billion ($2.5 billion) were flagged from these nine government agencies alone, which could have been used to provide 12.4 million pandemic-hit families with much-needed aid amounting to P10,000 ($200).
Health workers held a protest action today as they continue to assail how they were deceived by the Department of Health (DOH) when they were repeatedly told that there is no appropriated budget for their due pay and benefits.
In light of the COA report, Bulatlat is revisiting the ridiculous spending of the Duterte administration when it should be pouring its attention to defeating this pandemic.