MANILA - St. Luke's Medical Center marked this year's National Health Workers' Day by giving out rubber shoes for doctors, nurses, and other emergency room frontliners as a commitment that the management will "walk with them" during the coronavirus crisis.
St. Luke's Medical Center (SLMC) partnered with ASICS Philippines for the project that was first rolled out in the hospital's Bonifacio Global City branch.
"As a token of appreciation for your commitment and hard work, we would like to give you a pair of ASICS shoes which you can use for your ER duty," SLMC said in a statement addressed to its employees.
"The model of these shoes is specifically designed for healthcare workers - lightweight and made with neutral cushioning that provides comfort even during long-hour standing," the letter read.
In a separate statement, SLMC said that giving the footwear was a "simple gesture of thanks" for their "priceless" efforts in ensuring that the hospital can care for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients.
"This is a simple gesture of thanks to our healthcare workers for their tireless efforts and commitment as we walk with them in this journey towards healing and recovery, reminding them that they are not alone in the fight against COVID-19," SLMC said in a Facebook post.
"To all healthcare workers who continue to live by their oath with love and commitment for all their patients, may you always be proud of the work that you do," the statement read.
"Your selfless dedication and sacrifices are priceless during these difficult times and for these, we are grateful," it said.
Emergency room staff in St. Luke's Quezon City will receive their "care shoes" on May 14.
In 2010, the Philippines declared May 7 of every year as special working holiday to recognize the importance of health workers in the country.
The law also seeks to promote the rights and welfare of medical staff by encouraging institutions to hold activities that would enhance health workers' sense of worth and dignity.
Signed in 2010, the Republic Act No. 10069 marks the seventh day of May every year as a special working holiday to recognize health workers.
The law also aims to promote the rights and welfare of health personnel and to enhance their sense of worth and dignity.
Last month, SLMC opened a special grocery store for frontliners inside its hospitals to ensure their staff combatting COVID-19 could get food and other basic needs for free during the health crisis.