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PLO: Health workers entitled to hazard pay

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BACOLOD City — The more than 1,500 health workers of the provincial government are entitled to a hazard allowance, the Provincial Legal Office said.

A hazard pay is an additional compensation for performing hazardous duties and for enduring physical hardships in the performance of duty, Attorney IV Ernie Magaspac said in a PLO-issued legal opinion.

Provincial Health Office employees are entitled to hazard pay equivalent to their basic pay, while those working with patients are entitled to 25 percent of their salary, said Dino Gasindo, acting chair of the Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. has issued Executive Order (EO) 13–010, which sought the implementation of “Joint Circular No. 1 series of 2012 dated November 29, 2012, providing for the rules and regulations on the grant of compensation–related Magna Carta benefits to public health workers effective January 1, 2013.”

The health workers were concerned of the fact that their hazard pay and laundry and subsistence allowances will be released on a risk-scale basis, Gasindo said.

Previously, they receive a P1,500 subsistence allowance, a P150 laundry allowance, and a hazard pay of 25 percent of their basic salary.

Under the new guidelines, the level of risk that the health workers were exposed to for a certain period of time will determine the amounts they will receive.

Pursuant to Marañon’s EO 13–005, a committee was created to draft and submit to Marañon a report providing specific criteria and administrative procedures on the grant.

Gasindo has complained that their alliance, being a representative of Capitol employees, was not invited to help the committee draft the guidelines./PN