Duterte signs AO 28 Special Risk Allowance (SRA) for Health Workers

President Rodrigo Duterte signs the Administrative Order AO 28 authorizing the grant of special risk allowance to frontline public health workers during the period of enhanced community quarantine.


AO 28 Special Risk Allowance Guidelines

The RA 11469 or Bayanihan to Heal as One Act gives authority for the President to provide COVID-19 Special Risk Allowance (SRA) to all public health workers, in addition to the hazard pay granted under RA No. 7305 or the “Magna Carta of Public Health Workers”.

Under the AO 28, it says that there is a need to recognize the heroic and invaluable contributions of our public health workers throughout the country, who bravely and unselfishly risk their lives and health by being at the forefront of the national effort to address the public health emergency.

Grant of COVID-19 Special Risk Allowance (SRA)

The National government agencies (NGAS), government-owned or -controlled corporations (GOCCS) and LGUS are authorized to grant a one-time COVID-19 SRA, equivalent to a maximum of 25% of monthly basic salary/pay, to Public Health Workers (PHWS) who have great exposure to health risks and physical hardships in the line of duty, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

PHWS refers to medical, allied medical, and other necessary personnel assigned in hospitals and healthcare facilities and who is directly catering to or in contact with COVID-19 patients, persons under investigation or persons under monitoring.

Conditions on the Grant of the COVID-19 SRA.

The one-time COVID- 19 SRA shall be granted subject to the following conditions:

a. The PHWS provides critical and urgent services to respond to the public health emergency during the implementation of the ECQ;

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b. The PHWS are either: (i) civilian employees occupying regular, contractual, casual or part-time positions; or (ii) workers engaged through a contract of service (COS) or job order (JO), including Barangay Health Workers (BHWS) regardless of the nature of engagement, provided that the said COS/JO workers and BHWS are assigned to hospitals and other healthcare facilities;

c. The PHWS physically report for work at their assigned work stations on the prescribed official working hours, as authorized by the head of agency/office during the period of the implementation of ECQ; and

d. The grant of the COVID-19 SRA shall be pro-rated based on the number of days that PHWS physically report for work during the period of the ECQ in their respective places of assignment, reckoned not earlier than 17 March 2020, as follows:

No. of Days Physically Reporting for WorkPercentage of the Incentive
3 to 725%
8 to 1250%
13 to 1775%
18 or more100%

Who is not covered by the Special Risk Allowance?

Those engaged without employer-employee relationships and funded from non-personnel Services (PS) appropriations/budgets are excluded from the grant of the SRA, such as, but not limited to, 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 piecework basis;

c. Student workers and apprentices; and

d. All individuals and group of individuals whose services are engaged through COS or JO, including BHWS, who are not assigned in hospitals and healthcare facilities.

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