AO 35

Duterte signs Administrative Order AO 35 granting hazard pay to Health workers

Rodrigo Duterte recently signed the Administrative Order (AO) no 35 last November 16, 2020, granting hazard duty pay to all Human Resources for Health (HRH), such as medical and allied medical staff, serving the frontlines during Covid 19 pandemic.

Administrative Order no. 35 (AO 35)

AUTHORIZING THE GRANT OF ACTIVE HAZARD DUTY PAY (AHDP) TO HUMAN RESOURCES FOR HEALTH SERVING IN THE FRONTLINES DURING THE STATE OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY.

Grant of the COVID-19 AHDP

National government agencies, government-owned or -controlled corporations, and local government units (LGUS) are hereby authorized to grant AHDP up to P3,000 per month to frontline HRHS, which shall be in addition to any Hazard Pay, Hazardous Duty Pay, Hazard Allowance, Special Risk Allowance or other similar benefits under existing laws, issuances, rules and regulations, and shall be exempt from income tax.

Who are included in the grant of Hazard pay?

Frontline HRHs refer to medical, allied medical, and other personnel in the public sector, who are involved in the national healthcare response to mitigate the transmission of Covid 19. They are either:

(i) civilian employees occupying regular, contractual or casual positions, whether full or part-time; or

(ii) workers engaged through a contract of service (COS) or job order (JO), including duly accredited and registered Barangay Health Workers (BHWS), who are assigned to hospitals, laboratories, or medical and quarantine facilities, and whose official duties and responsibilities are directly related to the health care response of the government to COVID-19. In the case of LGUS, the list of frontline HRHS, including BHWS, shall be determined by their respective local health boards;

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The frontliners must report physically for work at their assigned work stations on the prescribed working hours.

.The grant of the COVID-19 AHDP shall be pro-rated based on the number of days that the frontline HRHS physically report for work in a month, reckoned from 15 September 2020 until 19 December 2020, as follows:

P3,000 x number of days physically reporting for work during the month / 22 days= COVID-19 AHDP

Exclusion from the Grant of the COVID-19 AHDP to Frontline HRHS.

Those engaged without employer-employee relationship and funded from Non-Personnel Services (PS) appropriations/budgets are excluded, except as authorized under Section 2 of this Order, from the grant of the AHDP, such as the following:

a. Consultants and experts engaged for a limited period to perform specific activities or services with expected outputs;

b. Laborers engaged through job contracts (pakyaw) and those paid on a piecework basis;

c. Student workers and apprentices; and

d. Individuals and groups of individuals whose services are engaged through cos or JO, including BHWS, who are not assigned to hospitals, laboratories, or medical and quarantine facilities.

For more details, you can refer to this PDF.Administrative Order No. 35, s. 2020.

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