Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 22) – President Rodrigo Duterte will give a risk premium to all government employees who physically report for work during the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon, said longtime colleague Senator Bong Go said on Sunday.
Go said an administrative decree signed by Duterte will be released on Monday granting the budget department’s request for a risk premium for government employees who have to show up physically to work amid the COVID-19 threat.
“These staff, who risk their lives during this period, deserve to be recognized and to receive appropriate compensation. They continue to work to protect our families. Let’s do our part to protect theirs, ”said Go.
He said the administrative order will allow national government agencies, including universities and state colleges, owned and controlled Crown corporations, to award a risk premium of up to P500 to all of their employees and staff from Metro Manila and other local government units who physically report for work.
National government agencies, universities, and state colleges will use their own funds to provide a risk premium to their employees and staff, while public and controlled corporations will use their budgets for this purpose.
The risk premium can be less than £ 500 a day for employees of state-owned companies, local governments and local water districts in case they don’t have enough funds.
Employees working in the Senate, the House of Representatives, the judiciary, the Office of the Ombudsman and other constitutional offices may also benefit from a risk premium.
Work is continuing in the executive department, although in the homes of civil servants.
The Supreme Court has decided to physically close all courts and will only allow skeletal personnel to operate a court if it is an urgent matter.
Meanwhile, the House and the Senate will hold a special session Monday at 10 a.m. to consider a bill that will allow Duterte to realign funding for the COVID-19 government response. The staff will remain skeletal, with some lawmakers attending the online session.