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‘Pandemic leave’ for workers proposed

A party-list solon is proposing pandemic leave especially for those vulnerable to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Arlene Brosas has filed a bill mandating paid pandemic leaves in the private sector to encourage isolation of COVID-19-exposed workers.

The bill also provides benefits to workers who are placed on forced leave amid the pandemic.

Under House Bill be 7909, 14 days of paid additional leave at full pay will be granted to COVID-19-exposed workers, while a maximum of 60 days paid leave at 80 percent pay will be provided to “floating workers” or those involuntarily out of work but still employed amid the pandemic effects on enterprises.

“Sa kasalukuyan, namomoblema ang mga manggagawa kapag na-expose sa COVID-19 dahil mababawasan ang kanyang kita bukod sa panganib nito sa kalusugan. Kapos na kapos din ang sick leaves sa maraming kumpanya kaya kailangan talaga nitong paid pandemic leave,” Brosas said.

“May mga kaso rin na ang mga manggagawa ay naka-floating o forced leave pero walang sahod dahil naapektuhan ang kanilang kumpanya ng lockdown. Pero hindi pa sila unemployed. Dapat na may tulong rin sila mula sa gobyerno,” she added,

She said these floating workers are not covered by existing social amelioration programs.

Brosas said a “floating” minimum wage earner can get around P11,000 in leave benefits per month for two months under the measure.

The women’s partylist said the pandemic leave benefits will be sourced from available funds from the Department of Labor and Employment, Social Security System, and generated savings during the duration of the pandemic.

Publication Source :    People's Journal