Palace order grants hazard pay to state workers who ‘physically’ reported for work during MECQ

President Rodrigo Duterte

Government workers who “physically” reported for work during the implementation of modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) period are now entitled to receive hazard pay.

President Duterte issued Administrative Order (AO) 43 on Tuesday granting these workers the said benefit due to high health risk from Covid-19 infection.

It will also cover government personnel authorized to physically report for work in their respective offices or work stations during the MECQ period.

Prior to the said policy, only government workers, who physically reported for work in ECQ areas were entitled to hazard pay not exceeding P500 per day, as stated under AO 26.

AO 43 also modified the funding source for the hazard pay for workers of government- owned or -controlled corporations (GOCC) to be charged in their approved corporate operating budget for the “current fiscal year” instead of 2020.

A similar amendment was also made for the funding source of the hazard pay in local government units, which will now also be chargeable against the current year’s local government funds.

“Except for the foregoing amendments, all other provision of AO No. 26 shall remain unchanged,” Duterte said in the three-paged AO 43.

The President signed AO 43 on Tuesday, but it will only take effect upon its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation.

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