Recto pushes for hazard pay for janitors, guards, maintenance men in public hospitals

  • Senator Ralph Recto urged the Department of Health, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and House of Representatives to consider coming up with a better compensation package for maintenance personnel
  • Recto said the janitors, guards and maintenance men should also be given hazard pay for their high-risk work
  • He said it’s unfortunate that these workers do not get to receive the benefits of state workers because they are usually employed under a private agency

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto is pushing for the government to give hazard pay for janitors, security guards and other maintenance men working in public hospitals.

Image by Sen. Ralph Recto via Facebook

In a statement, Recto said the maintenance staff and personnel of public hospitals should also be considered frontliners and be granted the pay they deserve for their high-risk work.

Recto urged the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) as well as members of the House of Representatives to come up with a package that will improve the salary of janitorial and sanitation workers as well as security guards.

“In the war against COVID-19, they report to their battle stations every day with the smallest of compensations,” he said.

Recto noted how hospital workers do not receive enough support and assistance.

He said, “Government is readying billions to bail out companies. Habang itong mga hospital workers na ito, na nagbubuwis ng buhay, wala man lang tayong mai-abot.”

Recto explained that janitors, security guards, as well as maintenance personnel are not entitled to hazard pay despite working in hospitals because they are usually hired by agencies which are considered private service providers.

Image by PGH via Facebook

“They are unheralded, but they’re important cogs that keep hospitals running,” he said.

“Sanitation workers, housekeepers, janitors, security guards, equipment and building maintenance staff who work for private companies under contract with public hospitals are frontliners, too. Without them, a hospital will collapse,” he added.

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