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Duterte okays Covid hazard pay for workers in ECQ, MECQ areas

President Rodrigo Duterte signed an administrative order yesterday granting a Covid-19 hazard pay to government personnel, who physically report for work in areas under enhanced community quarantine and modified ECQ.

AO 43 amends AO 26 granting a Covid-19 hazard pay at P500 per day to government workers who physically report for work.

“National government agencies, including state universities and colleges and government-owned or–controlled corporations are authorized to grant Covid-19 Hazard Pay to personnel who physically report for work during the implementation of an enhanced community quarantine and modified enhanced community quarantine in their respective work stations, in an amount not exceeding P500 per day per person,” the AO read.

Under the AO, the heads of government agencies may grant the Covid-19 hazard pay to their personnel without the need for further approval of the Department of Budget and Management, provided the personnel have been authorized to physically report for work at their respective offices or work stations on the prescribed official working hours by the head of agency or office during the period of implementation of ECQ and MECQ measures in the area of such office or work station.

For GOCCs, the funds needed for the grant of Covid-19 hazard pay shall be charged against their approved corporate operating budgets for the current fiscal year.

Should a GOCC have insufficient funds to fully cover the Covid-19 hazard pay at P500 per day per person, a lower but uniform rate may be granted for all qualified personnel.

For local government units, including those in the barangays, employees who physically report for work shall be determined by their respective sanggunians depending on the LGU’s financial capability, at rates not exceeding P500 per day per person.

Except for these amendments, all other provisions of AO No. 26 shall remain unchanged.

The AO takes effect immediately upon its publication in the Official Gazette, or a newspaper of general circulation.

On Tuesday, Duterte also signed AO 42 allowing the continued grant of a P5,000 per month Covid-19 special risk allowance to private and public healthcare workers with direct exposure to Covid-19 patients.

Under AO 42, the grant of the Covid-19 SRA shall be pro-rated based on the number of days that the frontline health workers physically report for work in a month, as certified by the head of the hospital, laboratory, or medical and quarantine facility, or his/her authorized representatives, reckoned from Sept. 15, 2020 until June 30, 2021.*PNA

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