President Rodrigo Duterte signed two administrative orders allowing the grant of additional pay to frontline health workers and public and private health personnel directly in contact with COVID-19 patients.
AO No. 35 authorized the grant of active hazard duty pay to health workers serving in the frontlines during the state of national emergency. National government agencies, government-owned or controlled corporations, and local government units may grant active hazard duty pay of up to 3,000 pesos per month to all human resources for health.
AO No. 36, meanwhile, allowed the grant of special risk allowance to private and public health workers directly attending to or in contact with COVID-19 patients.
The grant of the COVID-19 active hazard duty pay shall be pro-rated based on the number of days that the frontline health workers physically report for in a month, reckoned from September 15 until December 19, 2020.