By Ma RL Tolentino/Manila Times
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an administrative order authorising the grant of special risk allowance (SRA) to frontline public health workers during the enhanced community quarantine period.
Under Administrative Order 28, national government agencies, government-owned or -controlled corporations and local government units “are authorised to grant a one-time Covid-19 SRA, equivalent to a maximum of 25% of monthly basic salary/pay, to Public Health Workers (PHWs) who have great exposure to health risks and physical hardships in the line of duty, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
PHWs are defined as “medical, allied medical, and other necessary personnel assigned in hospitals and healthcare facilities and who are directly catering to or in contact with Covid-19 patients, persons under investigation or persons under monitoring.”
The grant of the allowance shall be pro-rated based on the number of days that PHWs physically report for work.
The percentage of the incentive are as follows:
25% (three to seven days physically reporting for work), 50% (8-12 days), 75% (13-17 days) and 100% (18 or more).
Covered workers are either civilian employees occupying regular, contractual, casual or part-time positions; and workers engaged through contract of service or job order, including barangay health workers regardless of the nature of engagement.
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