ASIDE from the salaries that they will receive from their mother units, medical workers from Cebu who will be deployed in the National Capital Region (NCR) and neighboring provinces will each receive incentives amounting to P70,000.
The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (Opav), Cebu Provincial Government and Cebu City Government pledged to provide incentives as the first batch of 50 volunteer health workers left for Manila Wednesday, April 7, 2021.
For the next three months, they will augment the medical workforce battling a surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the NCR and in the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal.
The first batch is composed of 35 nurses, 11 doctors and four medical technologists. They also brought with them 100 vials of remdesivir and 10 vials of tocilizumab donated by Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) and a second set of blood products from the Department of Health Central Visayas (DOH 7).
The blood donation consisted of 130 units of red blood cells, 40 units of fresh frozen plasma and 30 units of convalescent plasma. These were in addition to the 355 units of blood products sent earlier.
During the send-off ceremony Wednesday, Opav Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino said the financial rewards are secondary.
“I tell you, more than the monetary benefits that you will get from this cause, is that feeling of fulfillment, pride, and happiness that in the time of a national health emergency, you were there front and center serving your fellow Filipinos. This will be your story to the future generation,” Dino told the medical workers.