Gov't workers in GCQ areas no longer entitled to hazard pay

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 29 2020 03:43 PM

Government employees wear makeshift face shields made of PVC film at the Borongan City Hall, Eastern Samar on March 19, 2020. Alren Beronio, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Government workers who will physically report for work in general community quarantine areas or GCQ are no longer entitled to a hazard pay, the Civil Service Commission said Friday.

The P500 daily hazard pay only covered government personnel who continued to physically report for work during the enhanced community quarantine period or ECQ, CSC Commissioner Aileen Lizada said.

"Pag nag-GCQ na po tayo wala na pong hazard pay," she said in a virtual press briefing.

(There will be no more hazard pay once we shift to GCQ.)

"Hazard pay is only given during ECQ outside of those who are entitled to hazard pay," she added, noting that law enforcers, and health workers are exempted and would still receive hazard pay.

President Rodrigo Duterte in March approved the grant of a hazard pay to government personnel who continue to physically report for work during the ECQ.

Personnel working in national government agencies, state universities and colleges, and government-owned or –controlled corporations were entitled to the hazard pay, according to the President’s order. 

Starting June 1, President Duterte said only Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, Pangasinan, Albay, and Davao City will be under general community quarantine.

The rest of the country will meanwhile shift to a modified general community quarantine, a step higher before the full easing of community quarantine measures.