Dgte allots P18.5-M for COVID-19 hazard pay
DUMAGUETE CITY, Sept. 3 (PIA) –- Dumaguete City has appropriated P18.5 million for COVID-19 hazard pay to more than a thousand casual and job order employees who rendered service when the city was placed under Enhance Community Quarantine (ECQ).
Each employee will receive the maximum amount of P500 per day for the assistance offered during ECQ in April.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo lauded the members of the City Council for approving the budget in recognition of the services of the government employees who enforced the rules and local health protocols while the city was under ECQ.
Councilor Lilani Ramon, chairperson of the Committee on Finance and Appropriation, guided the approval of the budget request of Remollo to fund the grant of hazard pay as provided under Department of Budget and Management Circular No. 2020-1.
Elected officials are not among those entitled to receive the hazard pay.
The amount that each qualified employee will receive depends on the number of days that he or she was physically present at his or her work station from April 3 to 30, 2020.
Remollo said among those who will receive the P500/day hazard pay, provided that they were present based on their daily time records, are health workers, traffic enforcers, social workers, veterinarians, City Economic Enterprises, first responders, environmental technicians, Contract of Services of Barangay Public Safety Officers, Discipline Zone enforcers, barangay health workers along with the employees of General Services Office, Public Market, slaughterhouse, transport terminal, septage treatment plant, Sangguniang Panlungsod, among other offices.
The savings from the Personal Services of various funded vacant positions from the different offices for the period January to June 2020 of the current budget were reverted and appropriated to fund the hazard pay for the employees. (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental with reports from CPIO Dems Demecillo)