Some 16,764 frontliners have not been paid their hazard pay and risk allowance as ordered by the economic stimulus law, Bayanihan To Heal As One Act, or Bayanihan 1.
This surfaced during a Senate deliberation today on the proposed 2021 P4.5 trillion national budget.
Through Senator Pia S. Cayetano, vice chairman of the Senate finance committee, the Department of Health (DOH) said it has run out of funds to pay the frontliners a total of P108.3 million.
But the DOH has been able to pay more than 58,000 health workers who are regular government employees and another 28,000 job order workers.
Bayanihan 1 ran from June to September.
Under Bayanihan 2, hazard pay and special risk allowance had been paid to health workers but those in the central and regional offices have not received their allowances for the simple reason that the DOH sought a legal opinion from the Department of Justice whether they are entitled to the hazard pay and special risk allowance.
Opposition Senator Francis ‘’Kiko’’ N. Pangilinan said that the DOH and other agencies should act fast on this problem because it is not right that those entitled are denied such benefits.