NURSES working in private hospitals have yet to receive the cash incentives that the Cebu City Government promised more than three months ago, according to the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) Cebu Chapter.
PNA Cebu president Joseph Stephen Descallar on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, reminded the City Government of its promise.
“On behalf of the nurses in Cebu City who work so hard in the fight against Covid-19, we are reminding, once again, the Cebu City Government on the release of the incentive promised to our nurses. We hope that this kindness will be enjoyed by our nurses,” he said.
He, however, expressed happiness over the announcement of the Cebu Provincial Government to increase the salaries of nurses serving in hospitals supervised by the Province.
Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella announced in early July that the City Government will provide cash incentives amounting to P10,000 a month for three months to some 1,800 healthcare professionals in private hospitals who are involved in the battle against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
The City had aimed to boost the morale of private doctors and nurses who are paid less than their counterparts in government-run hospitals.
Aside from doctors and nurses, the targeted beneficiaries are medical technologists, radiologic technologists and respiratory therapists from Chong Hua Hospital, Cebu Doctors University Hospital, Perpetual Succour Hospital, Cebu Velez Hospital, H.W. Miller Memorial Sanitarium and Hospital, and Visayas Community Medical Center.
The cash incentives will be given on top of their salaries. / WBS