By Charissa Luci-Atienza
MAGDALO partylist Rep. Gary Alejano is proposing a monthly P2,000 hazard pay to eligible personnel of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
He said the PDEA, as the lead agency in the government’s anti-drug campaign, exposes its personnel to hazardous situation during and after the conduct of anti-drug operations, and to toxic and carcinogenic chemicals used in manufacturing illegal drugs which can cause life-threatening illness.
“Personnel of other government agencies performing similar hazardous duties such as the PNP, NBI, and DOH were granted hazard pay due to the nature of their duties, responsibilities, actual services and location of work which expose them to great danger, occupational risk, perils to life and physical hardships. It is there only appropriate that the government grant PDEA personnel who are directly involved in the conduct of the anti-drug operations or assigned in hazardous workplaces similar incentive,” Alejano said.
Under Alejano’s House Bill 6897, qualified PDEA personnel shall receive P2,000 monthly pay during the duration of hazardous duty.
“The job inherent to PDEA is risky. It can be deduced, that by the very nature of the agency’s work, there exists a clear and present danger to the personnel’s life and limb. It is therefore appropriate for us to provide them the necessary support they need for them to effectively fulfill their mandate,” Alejano said.
Covered by the measure are the intelligence officers, investigation agents, officers and investigators who are actually involved in the conduct of anti-drug operations, directors who are actually involved or participating in the conduct of anti-drug operations; and personnel from PDEA involved in hazardous undertakings or assigned in hazardous workplaces.
HB 6897 provides that the allocation necessary for the implementation of the proposed Act is to be appropriated out of any funds in the national treasury not otherwise appropriated. It was also proposed that the amount needed to implement the measure shall be included in the annual General Appropriations Act of PDEA.