Hontiveros to Duterte Admin: Give hazard pay to frontliners in fight vs COVID-19

Hontiveros to Duterte Admin: Give hazard pay to frontliners in fight vs COVID-19

Opposition senator Risa Hontiveros has called on the Duterte administration on the possibility of granting of hazard pay for “frontliners” in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) such as the Department of Health (DOH) health workers, government employees, and members od the Philippine National Police (PNP)and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), among others.
Hontiveros said that additional take-home pay should be given to those government frontliners who are primarily tasked or is helping to prevent the spreading of the coronavirus to compensate for the effort and danger that they face in their jobs.

“Every day, our health workers and other heroes from the public and private sector make great sacrifices as they work in the frontlines to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Let us thank and help them by making sure they receive the proper compensation due to their efforts,” Hontiveros said.
Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros
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The additional grant of hazard pay are provided by Republic Act 7305 or the Magna Carta of Public Health Workers, according to Senator Hontiveros.

The projected hazard pay according to the opposition senator can be high as 25% of their monthly basic salary, depending on their pay grade.
“Agaran sanang maibigay ang hazard pay sa ating mga public health workers (Hopefully we can immediately give this hazard pay to our public health workers). Likewise, I hope that health professionals working in the private sector will immediately receive similar additional compensation,” the senator said.

Hontiveros also notes that government employees who are also exposed to the dangers of COVID-19 should also be given hazard pay.

“Huwag din natin kalimutan ang mga traffic enforcers, pulis, sundalo, immigration officers, barangay tanod, office clerks at iba pang kawani ng pamahalaan na patuloy na direktang naninilbihan sa publiko (Let us not forget our traffic enforcers, policemen, soldiers, immigration officers, barangay tanod, office clerks and other workers in the government who continue to serve the public),” she said.

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