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The Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Paulyn Ubial recently announced that she already signed the memorandum circular that will give public health workers additional hazard pay. Ubial also added that there will be a possibility of higher salaries for health workers under the Duterte administration.

In a speech before the Philippine Public Health Association’s annual convention, the health secretary said the pro-rated increase will depend on the salary grade of the employee concerned. The hazard pay will now range from five percent to 20 percent depending on the salary grade of the health workers. Ubial said those with higher salaries will be allocated five percent hazard pay while those with lower salaries shall get the maximum hazard pay of 20 percent of their monthly pay.

The DOH chief said denying additional compensations to health workers will be unfair to them, considering that their lives and health are put at risk in performing their duties.