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Netizens react to alleged waiver releasing DOH of any responsibility to health volunteers

Other netizens were frustrated and confused as to why the DOH is washing their hands of any responsibility when it comes to unfavorable situations. 

  • A netizen tweeted about a waiver that the DOH is allegedly making volunteers sign.
  • She said that it frees the government of any responsibility in case the volunteer contracts COVID-19.
  • DOH denied the rumors.

On March 29, a netizen named Zabrina Malto tweeted about an alleged waiver that the Department of Health (DOH) is making medical volunteers sign before joining the battle against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

She said that eight molecular biologists were set to start the day but were first ordered to sign a waiver that claims that DOH is not responsible just in case they acquire the disease.

It was also rumored that the waiver contained a non-disclosure agreement and 20 years confidentiality bond that results in a Php500,000 penalty if violated.

Netizens reacted and said that the DOH must pay the molecular biologists as they didn’t work hard for so many years to be treated so low.

“Basura ang rehimeng Du30,” a Twitter user wrote.

Another cried out that it is “exploitation” and the government is “perfectly capable” of compensating the scientists.

Tonyo Cruz pointed out that the Php265 billion that was given to President should be enough to pay the frontliners fairly.

“This crisis is exposing how the government treats scientists and other frontline workers as expendable tools without fair treatment,” Kent Sorgon cried out.

Other netizens expressed their confusion as to why the DOH is making volunteer sign waivers and fail to offer them the proper compensation for the dangerous task they agreed to do.

In a televised briefing on March 20, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire denied reports that volunteers are made to sign waivers.

“Gusto po naming linawin dito sa DOH: Hindi kami nagre-require na pumirma ng waivers ang ating mga volunteers,” she stated.

She explained that the volunteers are made to sign an agreement that states that it’s their intention to serve as such.

“Nakasaad din po na kinikilala ng DOH ang panganib na susuungin ng isang volunteer kung kaya’t sila ay nararapat mabigyan ng kaukulang benepisyo sa ilalim ng Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.”

DOH also apologized for their Php500 offer for the volunteers. The agency added that they will look into increasing the compensation for their health workers.

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