‘Violation of contract!’ Escudero hits DOH for unpaid nurses deployed to Sorsogon

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Sorsogon Governor Francis “Chiz” Escudero lamented violation of the contracts of 11 nurses that the Health department deployed to the province to augment their pandemic response.

In a tweet, Escudero said that out of the 11 nurses, only one is left. He said that others left Sorsogon without getting paid at all.

“DOH ‘gave’ us 11!nurses to augment our hospitals re COVID-19. 2 only got a salary for 2 mos. after working for 5 mos. & the 9 didnt get any salary after working for over a month. Only one (1) is left w/ us now! NO ONE GOT ANY BENEFITS in violation of their contract. #SalamatDOH,” Escudero said.

In a press briefing today, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the department is now investigating the incident, noting that that they “do not take these things lightly.”

Meanwhile, Senator Joel Villanueva also scored the DOH for its persistent failure to augment the health human resource needed for the country’s COVID-19 response, saying that its emergency hiring program offers terms that are worse than “endo” and unreasonable as the pandemic is anticipated to last until next year.

Villanueva, chair of the Senate labor committee, was reacting to Escudero’s post lamenting the plight of 11 nurses the DOH deployed to Sorsogon.

“If we want to keep our nurses at home, let’s give them a competitive package with salaries and benefits commensurate to the risks that come with their jobs. Our government should also ensure that they are paid on time. Otherwise, if we cannot do all of these, we might as well let them leave so they are able to provide for their families and not be prisoners in their own country,” Villanueva said.