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Maintenance, security workers lament lack of COVID-19 hazard pay


Maintenance and security personnel, especially those stationed at hospitals, on Tuesday lamented the lack of hazard pay amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

According to Jun Veneracion’s report on “24 Oras,” a janitress at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) said there were times when she had to clean rooms of COVID-19 patients.

“Mula nung nag umpisa ang COVID pandemic, nandoon na po ‘yung takot pag papasok po at uuwi. Para sa pamilya po ‘yung takot,” Rowena Maniquiz said.

Though afraid, Maniquiz said she persevered due to the ’no work, no pay’ policy.

“’Yung anak ko po special child po at ang asawa ko po PWD din po kaya kailangan ko po lumaban kahit may takot para po makapag hanap buhay para sa kanila,” she said.

Meanwhile, a security officer at the NKTI said it seemed as if they were not considered frontliners.

“Low moral at saka talagang nagkakaroon po ng sama ng loob,” Menardo Caliboso said.

The other security guards, meanwhile, argued they deserved the hazard pay as they were the first to interact with patients, both healthy and sick, who arrived at the hospital amid the pandemic. — Joahna Lei Casilao/DVM, GMA News