TACLOBAN CITY – Eastern Visayas (Region 8) deployed 20 health workers to the National Capital Region (NCR) on Wednesday to reinforce medical front-liners dealing with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases surge.
The 16 nurses and four doctors in Eastern Visayas working for the Department of Health and local government units will join the 50 medical workers from Central Visayas who volunteered to be deployed for three months in Metro Manila and nearby Laguna, Bulacan, Cavite, and Batangas provinces.
Office of the Presidential Adviser for the Visayas (OPAV) Undersecretary Anthony Gerard Gonzales said in a phone interview they are happy that Region 8 medical front-liners responded to the call of their office to aid the NCR.
Gonzales said they expect that more doctors and nurses from the region will volunteer since Eastern Visayas committed to send at least 50 health workers.
“But we are also calling on the governors to send augmentation to NCR. I’m sure there are many nurses looking for a job this time. The OPAV offers an additional incentive for three months on top of benefits provided by the national government,” Gonzales added.
Aside from health workers employed by DOH, the OPAV is also calling on other registered nurses to volunteer for deployment in NCR.
Each volunteer will receive PHP5,000 cash incentives every month and other benefits such as transportation, accommodation, and PHP33,000 financial package.
Last week, Southern Leyte Governor Damian Mercado said the provincial government is willing to send nurses to NCR as requested by the OPAV.
“We have nurses who are applying for jobs in the province. Their file is with us so it’s easy for us to call them for this job,” Mercado said.
Metro Manila along with its neighboring provinces of Rizal, Laguna, Bulacan, and Cavite have been placed by the Inter-Agency Task Force under what they call “NCR Plus” bubble after these areas were identified anew as the epicenter of Covid-19 cases in the country. (PNA)