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House panel looks into Covid-19 pay of cabinet members, government employees

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THE House Special Committee on Federal Assistance and Disaster Related Funding is looking into Covid-19-related work hours for which cabinet members and government employees were paid and/or are asking to get paid.

The funding source is the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act, Variety learned.

Some cabinet members have submitted for Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ approval an overtime authorization for the work hours they performed under the public health emergency declaration that the governor signed on March 16.

One department secretary submitted an OT authorization, which indicates that in May, he worked for a total of 116 hours for Covid-19 pandemic related tasks. The OT authorization also showed that he worked from 7:30 a.m. to past 5 p.m., which are his regular work hours.

In his letter to Special Assistant for Homeland Security & Emergency Management Gerald Deleon Guerrero, the special committee chairman, Rep. Ralph N. Yumul, requested a complete list of all government employees, exempt and non-exempt, including cabinet members receiving OT payments related to the Covid-19 emergency response, funded wholly or partially by the CARES Act.

Yumul made the same request to governor’s authorized representative for Covid-19, Patrick Guerrero. Yumul wants to see the complete list of newly hired employees funded wholly or partially by the CARES Act.

In addition, Yumul sent Attorney General Edward Manibusan a request for legal opinion regarding government OT payments.

Yumul said he was told by Patrick Guerrero and Gerald Deleon Guerrero that they will respond to him anytime this week.

 

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