In a letter made by Riverside MedicalCenter (RMC) Corporate Communications head Chuck Estrella and addressed to NegrosOccidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, some of their employees were deniedrides by pedicab or jeepney drivers after the first COVID-19 positive patientwas admitted at the facility. She pointed out that even before thepatient tested positive for the ilness, the patient had already been placed inan isolation room, and the medical staff who did get exposed are already onquarantine. Benjamin further pointed out that thepublic should discriminating medical workers, as they also need mental andemotional support. In another letter made by Dr. ConnieRose Benjamin of the Philippine College of Physicians-Negros Occidental, sheurged Lacson to intervene over the matter pointing out not all medicalpersonnel in the said hospital have been exposed to the COVID-19 positivepatient. According to Familiaran the RMC shouldfind a way to solve the problem of their employees by providing themtransportation, a quarters for the night shift personnel. BACOLOD City – Vice Mayor El CidFamiliaran expressed his dismay over the supposed discrimination of hospitaland health workers from the local community just because they are at thefrontlines of the efforts to battle the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). He said that the city has severalbuses of the Vallacar Transit Inc. but they being utilized to transportfrontliners of the city government deployed at check points around the city./PN Coffee shops also reportedly deniedentry for RMC medical staff and some were even verbally harassed by policeofficers. They also received reports that some landlords and neighbors of thesemedical workers are ordering their staff to vacate the premises fearingpossible contamination. “After all the sacrifices they make,including risking their lives, this is what we expect them to face?”Estrella questioned. This was after a group of theemployees of the RMC asked the intervention of the provincial government ofNegros Occidental due to the discrimination they have been getting. “Indisila dapat pag i-discriminate kay konma burnout na sila kag kon magmasakitwala na sang may matatap pa sang pasyente sa ospital,” stressed Familiaran,who chairs the local inter agency taskforce against the viral disease.