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COVID-19 HAZARD PAY FOR HOSPITAL WORKERS IN PB-APPROVED P1.27B BUDGET
By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Tuesday, July 07, 2020
In an online session on Monday, July 6, the Cebu Provincial Board approved the P1.27-billion supplemental budget which contains the hazard pay for hospital and Capitol frontliners as well as aids for local government units in Cebu Province. (Photo courtesy of PB Member Glenn Soco)

The Cebu Provincial Board (PB) approved Monday, July 6 a P1.27-billion supplemental budget which contains the hazard pay for hospital workers and other Capitol employees serving in the frontlines during the community quarantine. 

The Capitol’s first supplemental allocation for the year also includes aid for municipal governments, city governments and barangays under the Province of Cebu. 

Having been certified as urgent by Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, the PB passed the allocation on first, second, and third reading during an online session last Monday. It was sponsored by Board Member Glenn Soco, chairman of the committee on appropriations.

Part of the amount goes for the Covid-19 hazard pay and Covid-19 special risk allowance of medical frontliners as well as the first tranche implementation of the modified salary schedule pursuant to the Salary Standardization Law of 2019. 

The Cebu Provincial Hospital – Balamban gets P6 million, Cebu Provincial Hospital – Danao with P6.3 million, Cebu Provincial Hospital – Carcar City with P5.7 million and P5.9 million for Cebu Provincial Hospital – Bogo City.

The same salary adjustment and hazard pay will be given to the workers of the Bantayan District Hospital (P2.9 million), Barili District Hospital (P552,000), Daanbantayan District Hospital (P550,000), Badian District Hospital (P707,000),  Isidro Kintanar Memorial Hospital (P880,000), Mariano J. Cuenco Memorial Hospital (P906,000), and Minglanilla District Hospital (P1.2 million). The Juan Dosado Memorial Hospital gets P1 million, P2.7 million for the Ricardo L. Maningo Memorial Hospital, P880,000 for the Tuburan District Hospital, P520,000 for Jose Maria V. Borromeo Memorial Hospital, and P592,000 for the Oslob District Hospital. 

Administrative Order 26 issued by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte stipulated the granting of hazard pay to government workers who physically report to work during the implementation period of the ECQ.

Last April 13, the Cebu Provincial Board, in its first-ever online session, had approved a resolution authorizing Governor Garcia to grant P500 as hazard pay to the personnel of the Cebu Provincial Government who continue to report to work amid growing risk of exposure to the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19). (Eleanor Valeros)