- 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 ho
In a statement, Recto said the maintenance staff and personnel of public ho
spitals 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 ba
ttle stations every day with the smallest of compensations,” he said.
Recto noted how ho
spital workers do not receive enough support and assistance.
He said, “Government is readying billions to bail out companies. Habang itong mga ho
spital workers na ito, na nagbubuwis ng bu hay, 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 ho
spitals because they are usually hired by agencies which are considered private service providers.
“They are unheralded, but they’re important cogs that keep ho
spitals running,” he said.
“Sanitation workers, housekeepers, janitors, security guards, equipment and building maintenance staff who work for private companies under contract with public ho
spitals are frontliners, too. Without them, a ho spital will collapse,” he added.