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Pinay nurse who died of Covid-19 found to be receiving P60 daily hazard pay


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A Pinay nurse based in Cainta, Rizal has died of Covid-19 not knowing that she is only getting P60 daily hazard pay. 

Maria Theresa Cruz, 47, was one of the frontliners at Cainta Municipal Hospital where she had been working for the past nine years. 

Cruz died on July 22, three days after getting her Covid-19 swab test. The Covid-19 positive result came after three days after her death. 

According to a Rappler report, scans of her lungs showed a white cloud, a sign of Sars-Cov-2. 

Cruz’s daughter, Joie, claimed the hazard pay from the hospital on August 10, expecting to get P30,000. The daughter, according to the report, received P7,265 only. 

“Based on the hospital accountant Joie spoke with, the amount represented her mother’s special risk allowance which was 25% of her basic salary plus her COVID-19 hazard pay which the accountant said was whittled down to P60.93. This represents the balance of Theresa’s P239 usual hazard pay and the P300 COVID-19 hazard pay that the hospital came up with to abide by Duterte’s Administrative Order No 26,” the report mentioned. 

The Department of Health has promised medical workers with P500 daily hazard pay. 

“I was really appalled. Oh my gosh, my mom died for this. Seriously? Yung isa naming friend, ‘Grabe yung hirap ng nanay mo sa ospital ganyan lang pala yung katumbas,” Joei said. 

Ryan Namia
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