“Dagdag Stress sa COVID-19: May Dagdag Suweldo ba ang Frontliners?”

| Written by Celeste Ann Castillo Llaneta


After eleven months of fighting a global pandemic, our health frontliners are suffering from stress, fatigue and burnout from working long hours under extraordinarily challenging conditions.

Filipino health workers in other parts of the world have been hailed for their heroism and perseverance where others have given up. Both within and outside of the country, frontline Filipino health workers have suffered severe illness and death. And yet, compensation packages for health workers have remained the same.

The 43rd installment of the University of the Philippines’ webinar series, “Stop COVID Deaths”, is a special edition that aims to answer the question of “Dagdag Stress sa COVID-19: May Dagdag Suweldo ba ang Frontliners?”

The webinar will focus on how to solve the urgent and critical need to maintain the health of Filipino health workers; and to compensate them well for their selfless and courageous service in the face of a shortage of health human resources and the embarrassingly and relatively low wages given to frontline workers in the Philippines, when compared to neighboring countries in the ASEAN and the rest of the world. It will be held on Friday, March 5, 2021, at 12nn.

Registration slots are limited, so sign up now at bit.ly/StopCOVIDDeathsWebinar43

Resource speakers during the webinar will talk about compensation packages for health care workers, not just for the pandemic but for current and future needs to achieve universal health coverage. Dr. Ernesto Pernia, UP Professor Emeritus and former Secretary, National Economic and Development Authority, will serve as the main presenter. The reactors will be: Dr. Carlo Panelo, Professor at the UP College of Medicine Department of Clinical Epidemiology; Dr. Carlos Naval, a private practitioner at the Galileo SurgiCenter; and, Dr. Rafael Marfori, Assistant Program Leader of the Philippine Primary Care Studies.

Opening remarks will be delivered by UP Vice President for Finance Dr. Lisa Bersales, while UP Manila Chancellor Dr. Carmencita Padilla will give the closing remarks.

The “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar series is organized by UP in partnership with UP Manila NIH National Telehealth Center and in cooperation with UP Philippine General Hospital.