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In light of the constantly changing social and economic landscape in the world due to COVID-19, everyone at Mallari Fiel Brillante Ronquillo has taken steps to make good our steadfast commitment to serve our clients and our communities.

To this end, we designed a new business model incorporating the traditional “brick and mortar” and “virtual” law offices. This new model is to achieve the continuity of rendering our legal and business consultancy services to clients and friends, and the immediate implementation of our crisis management and business transformation activities.

Thus, we’re glad to announce that for every fortnight, half of our team will be physically present at our offices from Monday thru Friday, 8:00am to 3:00pm. Clients and our friends can reach us through our office phones and online platforms (website, emails, Facebook, LinkedIn, Zoom, etc.). And to ensure the health and safety of our staff, they have the option to be housed in the Firm’s private residence or shuttled back and forth using the company’s private vehicle. Safety protocols are also observed at our offices.

Finally, our team has prepared a series of materials around the impact of COVID-19 and related considerations. Please take time to view our sample articles and research published in our website. A complete listing and discussion of these articles are available in our newsletter to be distributed to our esteemed clients.

Should you have questions, please reach out to our Office Manager, Argie Macawile, at +632 86953395, +63977 8502357; or email our Managing Partner, Atty. Rob Mallari, at mfl@mflegal.com.ph and rpmallari@mflegal.com.ph.

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Grant of COVID-19 Hazard Pay to Government Employees

By: Ira Christele G. Vicente

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?

  1. National Government Agencies (NGAs);
  2. State Universities and Colleges (SUCs); and
  3. Government-owned or -controlled corporations (GOCC).

Who are entitled to receive the COVID-19 Hazard Pay?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

  1. The personnel are occupying regular, contractual, or casual positions or are engaged through COS, JO, or other similar schemes;
  2. 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
  3. 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).

We will keep you posted.For further queries on this matter or other legal concerns, you may contact us from Mondays to Fridays, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, through our email: mfl@mflegal.com.ph, and our website at http://mfbr.com.ph

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