Presidential Spokesman Sec. Harry Roque, this incident is unacceptable.
According to Sec. Roque, the family of the deceased nurse Maria Theresa Cruz, 47, qualifies for the P1 million benefit in accordance with Bayanihan Act 1 and her bereaved family should not take long to receive it.
So Sec. Roque said they are already investigating the matter with the DOH and will make sure that the victim’s family can be given the corresponding benefits as soon as possible.
Apart from this, they are also previewing to the DOH why the hazard pay of the deceased nurse only reached P64 per day based on the complaint of the victim’s son Joie Cruz even though it should be P500 per day.
But Sec. Roque said that hazard pay depends on the ability of a hospital as much as it can afford, especially if it is a local hospital.