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Special risk allowance for health workers



Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go renewed his call to the government to grant Special Risk Allowance (SRA) for public health workers as they continue to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Go, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health, said that the government must protect health workers as they respond to the crisis.

Under Section 4 of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, President Rodrigo Duterte is given the temporary authority to provide special risk allowance to health workers.

Among them are medical, allied medical and other personnel assigned to hospitals and healthcare facilities and who are directly catering to or in contact with COVID-19 patients, as well those under investigation and monitoring.

Go proposed that national government agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations, and local government units will be authorized to grant their respective allowance of workers equivalent to a percentage of their basic monthly salary.

This means that they may be granted SRA on top of the existing hazard pay they are receiving under the Magna Carta of Public Health Workers or the COVID-19 hazard pay under Administrative Order 26 (s. 2020), whichever is higher.