- Malacañang released a circular stating all government employees including contractual and job order employees will receive their whole month compensation
- The government encouraged private companies to show the same compassion to their employees
- Before this announcement, some private companies have already ensured the workers they will receive their pay amid the lockdown
Many employees worry over their expenses with the implementation of enhanced community quarantine.
A circular has been created on Friday, stating that all government employees, including those that are contractual and in job orders, will still receive their full monthly salary. Malacañang urged private companies to do the same.
“The Office of the President welcomes the timely issuance by its Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Commission on Audit (COA), an independent constitutional body, of Joint Circular No. 1, s. 2020,” Salvador Panelo said,
He added, “As the Palace joins COA and DBM in encouraging local government units to adopt the guidelines specified in Joint Circular No. 1 (s. 2020), it also trusts that its partners in the private sector will be inspired in providing the same policy to their workers under similar work arrangements.”
Originally, JOs and COs are covered by the “no work no pay” policy yet the government has assured this time that they will still receive their pay.
Prior to this announcement, some private companies have already guaranteed their employees to receive their pay during the lockdown period.
Jollibee has set aside P1B for their employees’ compensation. SM Investment Corporation, the Aboitiz group and companies owned by Manny Pangilinan like PLDT, Smart and Manila Electric Company and Cebu Landmasters Inc. were just among the companies that have already taken action on this. Some released earlier their 13th-month pay and gave allowances.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III lauded these private institutions who have shown compassion to their workers. He said, “We are grateful to the big businesses who heeded the appeal of the President to take care of their workers and employees during this time of national emergency.