Bong Go files bill granting hazard pay to disaster response personnel

Sen. Bong Go has filed a bill seeking to provide hazard pay to disaster response personnel nationwide, stressing that the least the government can do is to properly compensate them.

Senate Bill No. 1709, which Go filed on 23 January, proposes to amend the provisions of the “Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010″ to mandate the local government units to grant hazard pay to the personnel of their respective Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices and Barangay Risk Reduction and Management Committees.

This also includes accredited community disaster volunteers enlisted to their respective territorial jurisdictions during the State of Calamity declared by the President.

“Marapat naman talagang mabigyan sila ng tamang compensation. Give what is due to them. All government personnel should be entitled to hazard pay, particularly yung talagang mga delikadong trabaho tulad nito,” Go urged.

Under the proposed measure, all personnel of the LDRRMOs in all provinces, cities, and municipalities; and all accredited community disaster volunteers, regardless of their employment status, shall be granted a hazard pay of PhP3,000 every month.

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