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CPA is ‘looking very carefully’ at hazard pay for employees

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FACING a drop in revenue due to flight suspensions amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Commonwealth Ports Authority board of directors is reviewing very carefully a proposal to restore hazard pay for CPA employees.

CPA employees received hazardous pay almost two decades ago, but according to board member Barrie Toves, it was “taken out” of the personnel rules and regulations of CPA when the government implemented austerity measures.

Now that many of CPA employees, especially those assigned to the airport, serve as front liners in the government efforts in combating the Covid-19 pandemic, CPA human resource administrator Lorna B. Tenorio issued a memorandum presenting two scenarios regarding hazardous or premium pay.

 

Commonwealth Ports Authority human resource administrator Lorna Tenorio, second left, speaks as board member Joseph Diaz, left, and deputy director Edward Mendiola listen during a committee meeting in the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting classroom on Thursday. Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

The first scenario is the restoration of the hazard pay, and the second scenario is adopting Civil Service Commission rules and regulations.

Both scenarios, Tenorio said, will be reviewed and discussed in the next CPA personnel affairs committee meeting.

During an initial discussion on Thursday last week, CPA Chairwoman Kimberlyn King-Hinds said they need to “draw the line” between what jobs merit hazard pay and what jobs do not.

She noted that there are hazardous jobs that fall within the regular scope of duties.

She wants the board to clarify whether employees get additional compensation for the job they signed up for or for the work they perform outside their scope of duty during extraordinary circumstances.

King-Hinds said hazard pay should be reserved for an extraordinary situation during which employees have to do work outside their regular scope of duty.

Toves said the Covid-19 pandemic is an extraordinary circumstance that requires many CPA employees to perform jobs that are outside their regular scope of work — the screening of airline passengers, for example.

CPA is also considering giving airline companies a 50% discount on airport fees, which will mean a 50% reduction in CPA revenues.

 

 

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