HEALTH workers staged a protest at the Department of Health (DoH) headquarters in Manila on Tuesday to call for the release of their long-delayed One Covid-19 Allowance (OCA) and Health Emergency Allowance benefits.

They both claim that the DoH and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) were "incompetent" in providing healthcare workers' benefits and welfare.

Under the OCA and HEA, health workers who are in low-risk situations will receive P3,000 per month, while those in medium-risk and high-risk situations will receive P6,000 and P9,000 per month respectively.

According to Alliance of Health Workers president Robert Mendoza, their benefits had always been delayed and their salaries remained low despite their two-year fight with the coronavirus disease 2019.

"When we ask for the salary increase, quality protective equipment and benefits, this government will always say they lack funds or no budget at all, " Mendoza added.

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Aside from delayed benefits, health workers are calling for an increase in salaries to meet the basic needs of their families.

They also slammed the continued budget cuts in hospitals and other healthcare facilities nationwide.