QC gov’t approves P250M fund for ECQ, MECQ workers’ hazard pay

Marje Pelayo   •   June 29, 2021   •   452

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government has approved the release of P250 million funding to provide hazard pay to all its eligible workers.

Those qualified for the said benefit include employees who physically reported for work during the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

“All our workers on-duty deserve to be fairly compensated for their sacrifices especially since they face the inevitable risk of contracting the virus,” said Mayor Joy Belmonte.

“They deserve no less as they continue to support us in the delivery of our services and programs to the public,” she added.

Quezon City Ordinance No. SP-3025, s-2021 states that “all workers who occupy a regular, contractual or casual position or those engaged through a contract of service, job order, or similar schemes are all qualified to receive P500 hazard pay per day of duty.”

Meanwhile, a hazard pay of P200 per day will be provided to barangay personnel who occupy plantilla and contractual positions under Ordinance No. SP-3026, s-2021.

“Barangays are also encouraged to draw from their funds and to add up to P300 maximum as hazard pay to their staff who were on-duty during the period,” said Assistant City Administrator for Fiscal Affairs Don Javillonar.

The ECQ was declared in the National Capital Region from March 29 to April 4 due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

It was subsequently extended to April 11 then downgraded to MECQ from April 12 to April 30.
Further, MECQ was extended until May 14.

QC adds beds in Hope facilities amid rise of COVID-19 cases among children

Maris Federez   •   August 13, 2021

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Quezon City government has expanded its Hope community care facilities to accommodate more children who tested positive for COVID-19 as well as their families or guardian.

Quezon City Health Department chief Dr. Esperanza Arias said the local government recently procured additional beds, oxygen tanks, and medicines for all the city’s 11 COVID-19 facilities.

Arias said the city is adding “family rooms” across all Hope facilities. This is to accommodate more COVID-positive children as well as their families who may also be COVID positive or their guardians who will look after them.

“We’re adding more family rooms to avoid children being separated from their families. We want to provide optimum care and take into account the psychological wellbeing of these children as well,” said Arias, noting that only Hope 3 and 6 had family rooms in the past.

Meanwhile, the QC government is recruiting more staff as the opening of three more Hope facilities is underway.

Data from the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) showed that nine percent or 318 of COVID-19 cases recorded between August 1 and 7 were children aged 17 and below.

Five percent or 169 are aged 0 to 11, while four percent or 149 come from the 12 to 17-year age group.

The report also said that the total number of cases during this period is 293 percent higher than that of the July 1 to 7 data with 81 recorded positive cases.

“One factor that causes these infections among children could be the improper way by which COVID-positive adults quarantine themselves. There are those who stay at home and do not self-report to CESU,” said CESU Chief Dr. Rolando Cruz.

The local government has recently issued guidelines that strictly prohibit home quarantine for confirmed COVID-19 cases and symptomatic close-contacts.

The guidelines stipulated that these cases must be transferred to the city’s hospitals, Hope community caring facilities, barangay isolation facilities, or national government-accredited isolation hotels.

“We’re continuously ramping up our contact tracing efforts so every household will be safe, especially young children who are not yet able to follow minimum health protocols on their own,” Cruz said.

“But ultimately, we need everyone’s cooperation. We are appealing to anyone who is experiencing symptoms to please inform CESU immediately,” he added.

CESU can be reached through its official Facebook page and QC Contact Tracing hotlines 8703-2759, 8703-4398, 0916-122-8628, 0908-639-8086, and 0931-095-7737.

Gov’t workers sa ECQ at MECQ areas, makakatanggap ng COVID-19 hazard pay

Robie de Guzman   •   June 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — May matatanggap na COVID-19 hazard pay ang mga kawani ng pamahalaan na pisikal na pumapasok sa opisina sa mga lugar na nasa ilalim ng enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) at modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Ito ay matapos lagdaan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang Administrative Order No. 43 na layong magbigay ng hanggang P500 na daily hazard pay sa bawat kawani ng pamahalaan.

Sakop ng kautusan ang mga regular, contractual o casual employee, contract of service, job order, o iba pang empleyado na may kahalintulad na estado.

Epektibo ito sa National Capital Region at iba pang lalawigan na isinailalim sa ECQ at MECQ noong Marso hanggang kalagitnaan ng Mayo.

Health workers under quarantine should still receive full hazard pay – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   April 28, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – Healthcare workers should still receive their hazard pay in full even if they undergo mandatory quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday.

Citing a joint memorandum circular by the DOH and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that healthcare workers who had to be quarantined after exposure to COVID-19 patient should still receive their benefits.

“Hindi po yan dapat mangyari. Within our protocols and even in a DOH and DBM joint circular that was issued, sinabi dito na ang ating mga healthcare workers who are to undergo quarantine because of being exposed should still receive their benefits,” she said in an online briefing.

Vergeire pointed out that quarantine period for health workers is still considered paid time for work.

“Kailangan po nating pagsabihan ito pong ating mga ospital o ‘di kaya ay ibang mga ahensya […] They still have to receive their hazard pay even when they undergo quarantine kasi ito pong quarantine ay kino-consider natin as a paid time for work,” she added.

The health official noted that healthcare workers at the DOH who undergo isolation but are not showing symptoms still perform limited work duties.

“So the work is still there, so kailangan pa rin maka-receive ng hazard pay ng ating healthcare workers,” she said.

The DOH issued the statement after some groups claimed that health workers’ hazard pay was cut down due to the mandatory quarantine period.

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