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Friday, November 20, 2020

PRRD approves grant of active hazard pay, special risk allowance to COVID-19 health frontliners

By Alexa Janine M. Tinsay

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed  on November 16 two administrative orders providing additional compensation for COVID-19 health frontliners.

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Roque  during the November 17 press briefing said Administrative Order No. 35 (AO 35) authorizes the grant of ‘Active Hazard Duty Pay (AHDP) to Human Resources for Health (HRH) serving in the frontlines during the state of National Emergency’.

The AHDP can reach up to Php 3,000 per month, pro-rated based on the number of days the HRH physically reports for work in a month.

Recipients of AHDP are medical, allied medical, and other personnel in the public sector including civilian employees whether regular, contractual or casual positions, whether full or part-time  and contract-of service or job order personnel together with duly accredited and registered barangay health workers.

These health frontliners should be physically reporting for work at their assigned work stations on the prescribed official working hours.

However, those engaged without employer-employee relationship and funded from non personal services budgets are excluded from the AHDP.

In addition, the President also signed Administrative Order No. 36 providing ‘Special Risk Allowance (SRA) to Private and Public Health Workers Directly Catering to or in Contact with COVID-19 Patients During the State of National Emergency’.

This SRA benefit can reach up to Php 5000 per month, likewise pro-rated based on the number of days the recipient physically reported for work.

This approved benefit is for public and private health workers [medical, allied medical, and other personnel] who directly provided treatment and support care to COVID-19 patients in hospitals, laboratories, or medical quarantine facilities. For the private health workers, they must be assigned in the designated COVID-19 units of hospitals, laboratories, or medical and quarantine facilities as certified by the DOH.

Similar to AO 35, recipients also include civilian employees, contract-of-service, and job order personnel and should also be physically reporting for work in designated COVID-19 units as certified by the Department of Health (DOH) on prescribed official working hours.
 
The DBM in coordination with the DOH shall issue the guidelines in the implementation of said orders.  (AJMT/PIA-IDPD)