By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Senators are proposing that the benefits of government workers be increased by granting them night differential and hazard pay.
Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Loren Legarda, in filing two bills, want the government to provide additional compensation for government employees, including those in government-owned or controlled corporations, to further protect and promote their welfare.
Senate Bill 1559 is pushing that all employees and officials of the government be paid when stationed or assigned to work in hazardous and difficult areas, such as those declared by the Department of National Defense; those that may cause inconvenience due to bad roads or extreme weather conditions; may pose health and security risks; and other work conditions the Department of Budget and Management considered hazardous.
Senate Bill 1562, meanwhile, proposes that night shift differential pay be given to government employees, including those in government-owned or controlled corporations, whether they are permanent, contractual, temporary or casual.
The measure said they shall be paid night differential with a rate not exceeding 20 percent of their hourly basic rate when working between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The proposed law, however, does not include public health workers who are already covered by Republic Act 7305, or the Magna Carta of Public Health Workers.
Government employees whose services are required, or are on call 24 hours a day such as the uniformed personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) are also not covered in the bill.
The funds for the additional compensation of government employees should be included in the annual appropriation of their respective government or corporate departments, the two bills stated.
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