THE Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) is asking the City Government to allocate P3 million for payment of hazard, subsistence and laundry allowances of its 40 doctors.

In her letter, CCMC chief of hospital for operations Dr. Gloria Duterte is asking the City to include the allocation in the next supplemental budget of the City this year.

The P2,995,080 fund request from CCMC will cover the allowances of the 40 doctors from January to December of this year.

As provided under the law, public health workers performing hazardous duties are entitled to such allowances.

Allowance

Republic Act (RA) 7305 or the Magna Carta of Public Health Workers mandates local government units to give their public health officers’ hazard allowance.

The law provides that public health workers in hospitals and rural health units shall receive hazard allowance equivalent to at least 25 percent of the monthly basic salary of grade 19 and below and five percent for health workers with salary grade 20 and above.

Section 22 and 24 of the same law also provides that public health workers in hospitals and other medical facilities will be given subsistence and laundry allowances.

Hazardous

However, the amount which will be given as hazardous, subsistence and laundry allowances should also be subject to the 45 percent personal services limitation as provided by the the Local Government Code of 1991.

A copy of Duterte’s letter was sent to the Council and referred to the Local Finance Committee (LFC).

In her reply letter to the Council, LFC chair Diwa Cuevas wants the matter to be referred to the City Legal Office.

“Per evaluation, we are proposing that this matter be referred to the City Legal Office for further and thorough deliberation,” she said.