Government workers who will be on duty during the enhanced community quarantine will get ₱500 hazard pay daily.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed Administrative Order No. 26 today, March 23, 2020, granting COVID-19 Hazard Pay to government personnel who report for work, with retroactive application beginning March 17, 2020.
The directive under Administrative Order No. 26 entitles authorized government personnel who occupy regular, contractual or casual positions in national government agencies, including state universities and colleges and government-owned and -controlled corporations, and local government units, as determined by their respective sanggunians, a hazard pay of not exceeding P500 a day per person.
Personnel under a contract of service, job order or similar schemes are also qualified.
For personnel who are already entitled to Hazard Pay, Hazardous Duty Pay, Hazard Allowance or other similar benefits under existing laws, issuances, rules, and regulations, such as public health workers, public social workers, science and technology personnel, and military and uniformed personnel, they shall continue to be entitled to such benefits or the COVID-19 Hazard Pay, whichever is higher.
The Senate, the House of Representatives, the Judiciary, the Office of the Ombudsman, and other constitutional offices may wish to grant hazard pay to their personnel in accordance with this presidential issuance.
The President is making this presidential directive as his way of alleviating the present hazardous situation of these government workers who have placed their lives on the line in this battle against the coronavirus in the name of public service.
For NGAs, including SUCs, the hazard pay will be charged against their own funds without need for prior authority from the DBM. For GOCCs, the amount required will be charged against their budget and, in case they do not have sufficient funds, they may grant a lower but uniform rate for all qualified personnel.
Employees in LGUs and local water districts may also be entitled to the hazard pay but, as with GOCCs, the amount may be at a lower but uniform rate in case of insufficient funds.