Hospitals urged: Submit liquidation reports to receive COVID allowance

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 23) — Health facilities that are entitled to benefits from the government are urged to submit their liquidation reports so health workers can receive their long-overdue allowance.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III told CNN Philippines' The Source on Thursday that funds for the "One COVID-19 Allowance" or OCA to public and private health workers and personnel in health facilities are readily available, but health facilities need to be compliant with the guidelines.

"These benefits, the One COVID-19 Allowance is long overdue. But you see, in government, you have to deal with COA (Commission on Audit) rules and regulations," Duque said. "You can't just disburse funds without those facilities that have received the first round of benefits ng walang liquidation (without liquidation). They have to liquidate."

Duque said they cannot just disburse funds without proper accountability, otherwise, the Department of Health will be held liable and subject to observation by state auditors and potentially face possible disallowance.

"Itong mga private hospitals and a few LGU hospitals, please submit the liquidation report and memorandum of agreement kasi lahat ito are embedded in the guidelines for the grant of such benefits," he added.

[Translation: Private hospitals and hospitals in local government units should submit the liquidation report and memorandum of agreement because these are all embedded in the guidelines for the grant of such benefits.]

Earlier this week, Health Undersecretary and treatment czar Leopoldo Vega said in an interview with dzBB that 400,000 out of 526,727 healthcare workers had already received their allowance from the national government.

The agency is also coordinating with the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines regarding the list of hospitals whose health workers have not yet received their OCA.

The Department of Budget and Management has released ₱7.92 billion to cover the payment of healthcare workers’ OCA to replace the special risk allowance.

Of this amount, ₱4.5 billion is intended for 100,313 DOH plantilla personnel in public hospitals, offices, and rehabilitation centers, including those in military and state university hospitals.

Meanwhile, ₱3.42 billion is intended for 426,414 healthcare workers reporting in local government units and private health facilities, among others.