Lawmaker wants pandemic benefits for social workers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 27) — Quezon City lawmaker and celebrity Alfred Vargas is pushing for social workers to receive benefits, saying they provide essential service during the pandemic.

"Public social workers perform vital and valuable work in the delivery of social services to the Filipino people amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic," said the Quezon City 5thDistrict Representative and former actor in a statement Sunday.

"They are heroes, promoting the good and welfare of our communities through a profession rooted on selflessness. This fact has especially rang true during these difficult times," he added.

Vargas, who heads the House Committee on Social Services, filed last week House Bill 10810 which aims to provide fixed monthly special risk allowances, active hazard duty pays, and PhilHealth coverage on all work-related medical expenses, among other benefits.

All registered social workers in government service, including those whose services are engaged through job orders or contracts of service, will be covered by the bill.

The statement said funding for the proposed bill would be sourced from the budgets of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefit Fund, as we all as other sources identified by the Department of Budget and Management.