In response to the letter headlined ‘Volunteers, frontliners seek clarification on monthly allowance’ from ‘Curious Volunteer’ published on January 8 in the Weekend Bulletin, the Ministry of Health (MoH) thanks the writer for sharing the concerns with regard to the allowance to volunteers and frontliners during the pandemic. MoH also clarified that the allowance is given to all volunteers and frontliners involved in the fight against COVID-19.
However, there are two levels of categorisation for the allowance provided based on the risks for each level.
Level 1 are volunteers and frontliners tasked at areas that are at high risk of contracting COVID-19, especially at the red zone area.
Meanwhile Level 2 are volunteers and frontliners tasked in supporting operations for individuals categorised at Level 1 which is considered to be at low risk/exposure of contracting COVID-19 (green zone). Individuals in Level 1 will be given the full allowance of BND400, while individuals in Level 2 are given an allowance based on pro rata according to the number of working days.
The MoH would like to express its deepest appreciation to all parties involved in controlling the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, especially the volunteers and frontliners. Let us continue to work together and provide cooperation in the government’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Ministry of Health