GenSan gov’t front-line workers to get incentives
GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Public health workers and other front-line employees of the city government here who are directly involved in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) are set to receive financial incentives.
City Councilor Franklin Gacal, chairperson of the Council’s committee on finance, ways and means and appropriations, said in an interview on Thursday that they are working with the executive department for the release of the special risk allowance (SRA) and hazard pay for all front-line workers of the local government.
Gacal said the granting of the incentives was requested by the city mayor’s office and approved by the city council in a special session on Tuesday afternoon.
“This is our way of recognizing and commending the sacrifices of our front-line workers amid the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
Gacal, who authored the proposed measure, said the incentive would be a one-time allowance, equivalent to a maximum of 25 percent of their monthly basic salaries or pay.
He said the hazard pay, which will not exceed PHP500 per day, would be given to employees of the city government who are mandated to physically report for work during the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine.
Recipients include workers assigned to the local government-run Dr. Jorge P. Royeca Hospital and the city’s rural health stations, Gacal said.
These cover doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians, drivers, utility workers, administrative staff, and security personnel under permanent or plantilla positions, job orders and contractual or casual appointments, he added.—/ PNA.GOV.PH