Mayor Sara’s P1.3M salary released for SPMC frontliners infected with coronavirus


Some P1.3 million of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s salary has been released for the trust fund of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) health workers who were infected with coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the city government said Thursday, May 28.

The local chief executive has committed her one-year salary of P2.1 million to a trust fund to help the frontliners at SPMC, which the local government has designated as the lone Covid-19 hospital in the city.

She said 28 health workers in SPMC would receive P50,000 each. Of the number, 26 have already received the aid.

Dr. Ricardo Audan, the chief of the SPMC Medical Professional Staff, earlier said that as of May 21, a total of 1,661 hospital employees have been tested for coronavirus.

Of those tested, 13 doctors, seven nurses, and six administrative staff have been positive of coronavirus.

Duterte-Carpio expressed hope that no more SPMC health workers would contract the virus.

As to those health workers at the state-run hospital who quit for fear of exposure to the Covid-19, she said it is normal for the employees to think of their welfare especially for those who have families.