Pres. Duterte grants special risk allowance to public health workers amid COVID-19 crisis

Pres. Duterte grants special risk allowance to public health workers amid COVID-19 crisis

- President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an ordinance that grants a special risk allowance for public health workers

- The special allowance could be up to 25% of the monthly basic salary of the health workers

- It will be pro-rated, depending on the days that they reported working during the enhanced community quarantine

- The granting of additional benefit for health workers is part of the recently signed Bayanihan to Heal as One Act

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President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his gratitude to all health workers or frontliners who rendered their services during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis in the Philippines.

KAMI learned that to extend his gratitude, he granted a special risk allowance to all public health workers.

In a report by the Manila Bulletin (authored by Genalyn Kabiling), President Duterte signed the Administrative Order No. 28 that grants a special allowance up to 25% of monthly basic pay to the public health workers who work at the frontline.

“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,” it read in the order.

As reported by CNN Philippines, the public health workers are those who are in medical, allied medical, and other necessary personnel assigned in healthcare facilities and hospitals who cater directly to COVID-19 patients, persons under investigation (PUIs), and persons under monitoring (PUMs).

The allowance will be pro-rated based on the number of days that the health workers reported for work during the enhanced community quarantine.

According to a report by the Inquirer (authored by Krissy Aguilar), an additional benefit for public health workers was among the emergency powers given to President Duterte as stated under the Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

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Earlier, President Duterte placed the entire Luzon under enhanced community quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As of April 5, 4 p.m., the Department of Health has recorded a total of 3,246 COVID-19 positive patients.

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