Grant of COVID-19 Hazard Pay to Government Employees
On 23 March 2020, President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed Administrative Order No. 26 Series of 2020 which grants Corona Virus Disease – 2019 Hazard Pay to government employees who are physically reporting to work during the duration of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
Who may grant the COVID-19 Hazard Pay?
- National Government Agencies (NGAs);
- State Universities and Colleges (SUCs); and
- Government-owned or -controlled corporations (GOCC).
Who are entitled to receive the COVID-19 Hazard Pay?
- Government personnel who physically report for work during the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine. Government personnel includes not only those regularly employed, but also those workers engaged through contract of service (COS) or job order (JO). This includes government employees in the executive branch. The legislative and judicial branches, as well as other offices vested with fiscal autonomy, may likewise grant COVID-19 Hazard Pay.
- For Local Government Units, Local Water Districts, and Agencies exempted from the Coverage of Republic Act No. 6758, employees who physically report for work during the quarantine period may also be granted the COVID-19 Hazard Pay as may be determined by their respective Sanggunians, Board of Directors, or governing boards or agency heads.
- For health workers in the private sector, private hospitals and other health facilities are strongly encouraged to grant the same to its workers.
Note: If the said individual is already entitled to Hazard Pay, Hazardous Duty Pay, Hazard Allowance, or other similar benefits, they shall continue to be entitled to such benefits, or the COVID-19 Hazard Pay, whichever is higher.
How much will be the COVID-19 Hazard Pay?
- It shall not be more than Five Hundred Pesos (P500.00).
How will it be computed?
|COVID-19 Hazard Pay = P500.00 x||Number of days physically reporting for work during the quarantine period|
Note: Should there be insufficient funds to fully cover the COVID-19 Hazard Pay at the rate of P500.00 per day per person, a lower but uniform rate may be granted for all qualified personnel.
When can we start receiving the COVID-19 Hazard Pay?
- From 17 March 2020, onwards.
What are the conditions for the grant of COVID-19 Hazard Pay?
- The personnel are occupying regular, contractual, or casual positions or are engaged through COS, JO, or other similar schemes;
- They 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 ECQ in the area of such work office or station; and
- The rate of COVID-19 Hazard Pay shall be based on the no. of days an employee physically reports for work.
The guidelines for the grant of COVID-19 Hazard Pay are yet to be issued by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
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