By Donna Rempillo
ANGELES CITY, Pampanga – Angeles City Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. has ordered the Locale Finance Committee to release the appropriated P37-million for the hazard pay of city hall frontliners who are still working despite the Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine.
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The order was in line with the Administrative Order issued by President Duterte stating that “personnel who are already entitled to hazard pay, hazardous duty pay, hazard allowance or other similar benefits under existing laws, issuances, rules and regulations, such as public health workers, public social workers, science and technology personnel and military and uniformed personnel, shall continue to be entitled to COVID-19 hazard pay, whichever is higher.”
Vice Mayor Ma. Vicenta Vega-Cabigting led the City Council in the immediate approval of the budget allocation.
“This is a way for us to extend assistance to the families of the City Hall frontline workers in order for them to cope with this trying time because they have sacrificed much of their personal time to ensure the delivery of services to the public,” Lazatin said
Aside from the hazard pay, Lazatin also ordered the release of the Special Risk Allowance of employees involved in medical services.
Moreover, some 602 Angeles City police officers each received a five-kilo rice subsidy. The Angeles City Economic Development Investment Promotions Office also distributed three boxes of canned goods to all checkpoints and police stations in the city on April 22.
Lazatin thanked the ACPO personnel in ensuring peace and order in the city amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) scare.
“Sila po ang nakabantay sa ating checkpoints, 24/7 araw-araw. Maliit na bagay lamang po ito para sa kanilang serbisyo at sakripisyo upang masiguro ang kaayusan sa ating siyudad,” Lazatin said.