The government of Cainta has refuted several allegations earlier claimed by netizen Joie Cruz, the daughter of fallen Filipina nurse – Tess.
Cainta Mayor Johnielle Keith Nieto explained in detail each on the points raised by Cruz – including the controversial Php150/day hazard pay. He stated that it’s actually Php300 for the Cainta local govt which is given to all frontliners on top of their monthly salary.
“300 pesos a day ang hazard na binigay ng Cainta local govt unit sa mga frontliners. Ito ay makukuha mo bukod pa sa sweldong matatanggap mo bilang nurse ng ospital. Sa 60 day period na pinagbasehan ng covid timeline, kung pumasok ang frontliner ng 60 days, makakatanggap siya ng 18,000 pesos. Ang namayapang nurse ay pumasok ng 33 days. Tumatanggap na rin siya ng hazard pay bilang nurse base sa percentage ng nakukuha niyang sweldo. Kahit wala pang covid,” explained Mayor Nieto.
He also explained that Tess was the one who decided to cancel the request for a swab test, refuting Joie’s earlier claim that her mother was refused and denied to get a swab test. He furthered that Tess was not even assigned to any COVID-19 patients, but instead was assigned at the Pedia Ward.
In addition, the Cainta government also provided for the family Php50,000 as financial assistance and stated that the government is doing everything in its power to provide assistance not just for Cruz but for the general public as well.
“Personal kong kinausap sa phone ang author ng article makalipas ang ilang araw ng pagkamatay upang alamin kung may maitutulong pa ang gobyerno para maibsan ang lungkot ng pamilya. Nagpasalamat ang anak at humingi ng tulong kung pwede akong kumuha ng pare sa huling basbas ng kanyang ina,” said Mayor Nieto.
“Kung hindi naging sapat ang pagtugon ng ospital o ng aking opisina sa mga pangyayari, i would extend my apologies. But i will not just let this pass at tatahimik kahit na alam ko kung ano ang totoong nangyari. At kung ano ang ginawa ng gobyerno para ibigay sa kanila ang tulong na kaya nitong ilaan,” he added.