Ex-senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has joined the calls to give special risk allowances to all healthcare workers, not just the frontliners directly taking care of coronavirus patients.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, September 2, the Ilocano politiko said all health workers in hospitals and isolation facilities are vulnerable to COVID-19 and should therefore receive hazard pay from the government.
The risk is much higher now with the presence of the more infectious Delta variant in the Philippines.
“Sana all! Ito ang aking panawagan – na sana ang lahat ng health workers at di lamang ang mga ‘directly in contact with COVID patients’ ang makatanggap ng hazard pay,” Marcos said in a Facebook post.
“Sa pagdating nitong Delta at mga susunod pang variant, anumang trabaho na nasa ospital o isolation facilities ay maituturing na mapanganib,” he added.