President Duterte: Government Workers on Duty during Quarantine Get Hazard Pay

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Aside from receiving their daily wages, government workers who report for work— despite the ongoing enhanced community quarantine— can now get hazard pay.

According to Senator Bong Go, President Rodrigo Duterte signed an Administrative Order that was released just today (March 23), which approves the request for government employees to receive hazard pay. This request was made by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), which will help government workers, who continuously do their duties despite being exposed to the risks of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Go continues that the Administrative Order “authorizes national government agencies, including state universities and colleges and government-owned and -controlled corporations, to grant hazard pay not exceeding P500 per day per person to personnel who occupy regular, contractual or casual positions in the National Capital Region and other local government units.”

This means that not only regular employees are qualified. Even people hired on a project or casual basis can also get hazard pay. However, they need to physically report for work at the respective offices on the prescribed official working hours given by the head of the agency or office.

“Let us do what we can to support our government front-liners and other workers on duty. These personnel, who risk their lives during this time, deserve to be recognized and be given proper compensation. They continue to work to protect our families. Let’s do our part to protect theirs,” added Go.

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