Health Workers Sick with A (H1N1) Get P150,000 Benefits, Says DoLE

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Health Workers Sick with A (H1N1) Get P150,000 Benefits, Says DoLE


Public and private healthcare workers who were diagnosed with influenza A (H1N1) should avail of P150,000 in hospital benefits and not PP75,000 as what most employees might have thought, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said Wednesday.Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito Roque said that aside from the PhilHealth hospitalization benefits amounting to R150,000, these workers should also get company’s healthcare benefits if any.For non-health workers, including managers, call center agents, teachers, clerks, etc., and their dependents diagnosed with the H1N1 strain, Roque said they are entitled to a P75,000 hospital benefits.“A worker who contracts H1N1 in the performance of his/her work is also entitled to sickness benefits under the Social Security System (SSS) and employees compensation benefits under PD 626 or the ECC (Employees Compensation Commission) Law,’’ he stressed.Roque made the clarification after noting that some employees misconstrued the DoLE guidelines for H1N1, which provides, among others, the workers’ medical benefits.“Some thought that the DoLE was providing P150,000 and P75,000 in medical benefits,’’ said Roque.Earlier, the labor chief had asked the country’s employers to exercise flexibility and compassion in granting additional leave with pay to workers suspected or already infected with H1N1.The DoLE had previously formed a taskforce to assist workers and employers in plant-level risk assessment as well as in putting in place improvement to minimize H1N1 transmission at the workplace.To reinforce H1N1 measures at the workplace, the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), a DoLE-attached office also recently conducted a learning session to workers’ groups like the Employers Confederation of the Philippines, People Management of the Philippines, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, Federation of Free Workers, Trade Union of the Philippines and Allied Services. …

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