Teachers under ECQ, MECQ areas to receive hazard pay – DepEd

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) said that teachers and other education workers under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and modified ECQ are eligible to receive hazard pay.

Teachers under ECQ, MECQ areas to receive hazard pay – DepEd
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Education Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla confirmed this on Monday following the Administrative Order No. 26 that grants hazard pay to government workers.

"Ang ating mga empleyado under MECQ or ECQ, kapag kayo ay pinapasok, eligible sa hazard pay," Sevilla said in a press briefing.

Sevilla said teachers and personnel are eligible to receive P500 daily hazard pay. Aside from that, they are also set to receive P500 in September for their annual medical examination and a P1,000-incentive in October for World Teachers' Day.

Teachers under ECQ, MECQ areas to receive hazard pay

The education official also assured that they are coordinating with the Employees Compensation Commission, PhilHealth, and the Government Service Insurance System for benefit packages for teachers who may be infected with COVID-19.

Teachers have raised their concern that their health may still be put at risk even with the shift to blended learning. They said delivering learning materials to students at home still poses a risk for COVID-19 transmission.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones reiterated that teachers are not required to leave their homes to go to work, especially if they live in high-risk places.

"In places like NCR (National Capital Region) or Region 4, places where there is lockdown, teachers should not be going out because they will be prevented from going out," she said.

Earlier, the DepEd announced the postponement of opening of classes to October 5 in both private and public schools. Briones said President Rodrigo Duterte approved the delay after Metro Manila and nearby provinces were placed back under MECQ from August 4 to 18.

"We will implement such a decision to defer school opening to October 5 pursuant to Republic Act No. 11480," Briones said.

"We shall use the deferment to provide relief to the logistical limitations faced by the areas placed under MECQ and to fill in the remaining gaps of the school opening that we are currently addressing," she added.

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