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Davao CIty releases P1.3M for SPMC workers hit by COVID-19

May 28, 2020 - Thursday 6:05 PM by Funny Pearl A. Gajunera

Article Banner Image CITY CYCLIST. An employee of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) rides a bicycle on April 15, 2020. Public transportation has been stopped in Davao City except for taxis and tricycles under the Enhanced Community Quarantine measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. MANMAN DEJETO / MINDANEWS

DAVAO CITY -- The city government has released a portion of the one-year salary of Mayor Sara Duterte for the trust fund for Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) health workers who have contracted COVID-19.

The mayor had earlier committed her one-year salary of P2.1 million as a trust fund after learning that a number of SPMC workers had contracted the novel coronavirus.

She had said she felt accountable for the frontliners for assigning SPMC as the lone hospital to receive patients positive of COVID-19.

On Thursday, City Hall said it had released P1.3 million of the mayor’s salary for the trust fund.

The mayor said 26 SPMC health workers have already received P50,000 each in assistance. Two more are set to receive theirs.

In an earlier statement, Dr. Ricardo Audan, the chief of the SPMC Medical Professional Staff, said a total of 1,661 hospital employees have been tested for coronavirus as of May 21, 2020.

Of this number, 13 doctors, seven nurses, and six administrative staff members were found positive.

The mayor said she hopes there will be no additional cases for SPMC health workers getting infected.