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After risk allowance, proper pay for health workers



A frontliner attending to a patient. (PTV)

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Monday appealed for the provision of proper pay for public health workers as he lauded the government for granting them a special risk allowance (SRA) for the care of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients.

“Despite being volunteers, they are professionals. Highly skilled sila at buhay nila ang nakataya para maprotektahan ang sambayanang Pilipino. Let us use the funds available to give them proper compensation and provide them with the tools, facilities and protection they need to resolve this health crisis,” the senator said.

“Nagpapasalamat po tayo sa gobyerno sa pagdinig ng ating rekomendasyon na bigyan ng special risk allowance ang ating public health workers,” Go added.

Under Administrative Order 28 signed by President Rodrigo Durerte, a one-time COVID-19 SRA equivalent to a maximum of 25 percent of their monthly basic pay will be granted to public health workers who are exposed to health risks in light of the present health emergency.

The SRA will be pro-rated according to the number of days the public health workers were present at their place of work during the period of the ECQ.

The AO also states that those who reported for work for three to seven days will get 25 percent of the incentive, 50 percent to those who worked for eight to twelve days, 75 percent for thirteen to seventeen days, and 100 percent incentive for those who worked for 18 days or more.

Meanwhile, Go suggested that the government can maximize volunteers by engaging them on the basis of contracts of service similar to job orders so that they can be compensated on a daily rate for a limited time period equivalent or close to the amount received by actual government-employed health workers.

“Kaya natin isinulong ang Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. Binigyan natin ng kapangyarihan ang Pangulo upang magamit ang pondo ng gobyerno para matulungan at madagdagan ang mga frontliners sa laban natin kontra COVID-19,” he said.

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