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Bacolod council OKs P41.5M hazard pay for frontliners

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The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Bacolod City has approved the P41.5-million appropriations ordinance intended for the hazard pay and special risk allowance of frontline employees of the city government employees, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia earlier wrote the SP requesting that salary savings from vacant positions from January 1 to May 31, 2020 be reverted and re-appropriated for an appropriation ordinance to cover the hazard pay and special risk allowances of qualified workers.

“This is a form of saying thank you to our frontliners and employees who rendered work during the ECQ (enhanced community quarantine) from March 30 to May 15, 2020. They are our heroes during these trying times,” said Leonardia. (https://bit.ly/33w6DTb)

The P41.5-million budget includes P37.6 million for the hazard pay and P3.9 million for the special risk allowance.

City Budget Officer Ma. Imelda Williams said those entitled to receive these incentives are regular employees, job order workers, and contractual employees of the city who rendered frontline and other essential services for the duration of the ECQ.

Based on the availability of funds of the city government, each qualified personnel will receive a hazard pay of P350 (at most) per day for the number of days they actually rendered service during the 47-day ECQ period.

Qualified personnel will receive a one-time special risk allowance, which is equivalent to a maximum of 25 percent of their monthly basic pay.

Those receiving “regular hazard pay” may avail of the Covid-19 hazard pay, whichever is higher, said Williams.