DAGUPAN CITY, Apr 19 (PIA) — Given the nature of their work, the city’s waste management division (WMD) workers should be entitled to a hazard pay, the division’s chief officer said.
Teddy Villamil Jr., WMD chief, said workers under the division perform jobs ranging from street sweeping, garbage collection, recycling and maintenance of the controlled dumpsite.
“Owing to the nature of their jobs, they should be considered health workers and entitled to a hazard pay,” he said.
Villamil has been asking the members of the city council to enact an ordinance giving hazard pay to WMD employees since 2011.
He added the WMD, among the other divisions in the city government, is primarily involved in sanitation and public health.
The personnel should also be subjected to non-monetary compensations such as free medical checkup and medicine, he added.
Villamil said WMD employees are exposed to different health hazards coming from harmful waste bacteria including road accidents.
“Bigyan natin ng suporta ang mga taong ganito na talagang nagtatrabaho (Let us support these people who are really working),” he said noting that most of the personnel are poor.
Villamil started pushing for employees’ hazard pay two years ago but no measure had been created after the initial hearing.
“The hazard pay is a simple thing that should be addressed properly,” he said. (MCA/ARRF-PIA-1, Pangasinan)