By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
Mandaluyong City Mayor Carmelita Abalos ordered on Tuesday the release of the 13th-month pay of City Hall employees amid the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine all over Luzon.
Jimmy Isidro, City Public Information Office chief and chief-of-staff of the city mayor, said they are working on the release of the pay.
“This is to augment the spending of City Hall employees,” Isidro told the Manila Bulletin.
“Hopefully, employees may get their pay in two days,” he said, adding that employees will receive their 13th-month pay in full.
President Duterte on Monday night placed Luzon under enhanced community quarantine following the surge of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country.
In his public address, the President called on big companies to give their employees their 13th-month pay as a way of helping them during this time of crisis.
Public mass transport facilities were also suspended following the declaration.
To help ferry health workers, Isidro said the local government will provide shuttle services to all medical personnel and frontliners working in the city.
The city government also announced that it is working to provide housing in condominiums for non-resident government medical staff and personnel working in Mandaluyong.
Due to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the local government of Mandaluyong has placed the city under a state of calamity.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Philippines has 187 confirmed cases of the disease with 14 recorded deaths, according to the Department of Health.