Malacañang on Monday said the planned mass resignation plan proposed by health worker groups was not ideal amid the Covid-19 pandemic but did not make an assurance that the government would deliver on its promise to release the allowances and benefits it owed medical workers.

President Duterte on Aug. 21 gave the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) 10 days to release the undistributed benefits.

Several health worker groups have since said they would go on protests and even resign if the government would not fulfill its promise.

“Huwag naman po sana,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque said of the groups’ plans. “Nag-order naman po ang presidente na within 10 days from last Friday ay kinakailangan maibigay na itong mga special risk allowance.”

The unreleased benefits for health workers were part of the Bayanihan 2 budget, which lapsed in June.

Roque said resigning amid the pandemic would do more harm than good as unemployment would increase.

“Kapag nag-resign po sila, dadami iyong hanay na walang trabaho sa panahon ng pandemya, mas lalala po ang problema natin kung mas maraming walang trabaho sa panahon ng pandemya at wala naman po tayong karagdagang ayuda ng maibibigay,” he said.

The Philippines recorded a single day-high 18,332 Covid-19 cases on Monday, which brought the country’s total to 1,857,646 cases. John Ezekiel J. Hirro