Duterte grants hazard pay for gov’t workers on duty during quarantine period

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the granting of hazard pay for government workers who continue to physically report for work amid the implementation of the 30-day Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Duterte on Monday, March 23 signed the Administrative Order No. 26 which grants a maximum P500 daily hazard pay for government personnel authorized to report for work regardless of employment status.

The COVID-19 hazard pay is effective starting March 17.

The order covers government workers who occupy regular, contractual or casual positions in national government agencies, including state universities and colleges, government-owned and -controlled corporations, and local government units as determined by their respective local councils.

Government personnel under a contract of service, job order or similar schemes are also qualified.

“For personnel who are already entitled to Hazard Pay, Hazardous Duty Pay, Hazard Allowance or other similar benefits under existing laws, issuances, rules, and regulations, such as public health workers, public social workers, science and technology personnel, and military and uniformed personnel, they shall continue to be entitled to such benefits or the COVID-19 Hazard Pay, whichever is higher,” Duterte said in his order.

The Senate, the House of Representatives, the Judiciary, the Office of the Ombudsman, and other constitutional offices may also grant hazard pay to their personnel in accordance with this presidential issuance, Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

“The President is making this presidential directive as his way of alleviating the present hazardous situation of these government workers who have placed their lives on the line in this battle against the coronavirus in the name of public service,” Panelo added.

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