Public Health Frontliners To Receive Extra Risk Pay

Public Health Frontliners To Get Extra Risk Pay Under Duterte Order

PUBLIC HEALTH FRONTLINERS – Amid the coronavirus pandemic, our frontliners in the public medical field are given extra pay under President Duterte’s new order.

According to a report from ABS-CBN, health frontliners would receive at most a quarter of their basic pay. This would serve as a one-time special risk allowance aside from their hazard pay.

The order is made based on Administrative Order No. 28. As such, the President directed in his order that:

Public Health Frontliners To Receive Extra Risk Pay
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There is a need to recognize the heroic and invaluable contributions of our public health workers throughout the country, who bravely and unselfishly risk their lives and health by being at the forefront of the national effort to address the public health emergency

Additionally, national government agencies, government owned, or controlled corporation and local government units are given the opportunity to provide special risk allowance for public health workers.

This would be given to “public health workers who have great exposure to health risks and physical hardships in the line of duty, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic”.

As per the report, the computation of the special risk allowance would be pro-rated based on the number of days they worked since March 17.

As such, workers who reported 3 to 7 days would be granted 25 percent of the incentives. Meanwhile, those who worked for 8 to 12 days are entitled to 50 percent of the incentives.

Furthermore, those who have worked for 13 to 17 days would receive 75 percent while those who have been on duty for more than 18 days are entitled to receive the full incentive.

However, the following are not included from the risk allowance grant:

  • Consultants and experts engaged for a limited period of time
  • Laborers engaged through job contracts (pakyaw) and those paid on piecework basis
  • Student-workers and apprentices
  • Contract of service or job order workers not assigned to hospitals and healthcare facilities.

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