March 23, 2020
Dear members of the UP community:
As I said in a previous letter, we find ourselves in extraordinarily challenging times, facing down a pandemic and an enhanced community quarantine meant to contain this pandemic. Unfortunately, some of the hardest hit economically by the order to work from home are our administrative staff and non-UP contractual personnel.
In order to help our UP employees and non-UP contractual personnel get through this difficult period, we are working with our partners in government and within the University to come up with a set of measures to provide our UP personnel some financial relief.
One such measure is the early release of the 13th month pay as soon as possible, which we are coordinating with the Department of Budget and Management. We are looking for available funds to grant all qualified employees and workforce of the University an emergency allowance.
We are also aware that not all of our UP personnel are working from home. The University is currently operating on a skeleton staff: our heroic medical workers such as in the University Health Service and the UP Philippine General Hospital, and the personnel providing essential services for UP. A Risk Allowance will be given to these employees, equivalent to hazard pay.
The salaries of regular and UP contractual personnel for the period March 16-31, 2020 shall be released today, March 23, 2020, while the salaries for the period April 1-15, 2020 will be released on April 7, 2020. The compensation of non-UP contractual personnel, including project-based, job order, and contract of service (COS) personnel, are assured during the period of suspension and will be released on or before March 31, 2020 and on or before April 15, 2020.
These measures are expected to be enacted by the end of this week.
Our administrative staff and non-UP contractual workers are the strength of the University. Without them, UP would be unable to function, let alone fulfill its mandate as our national university. We will therefore do all we can to provide safety nets to enable them to support themselves and their families as they continue to serve both UP and the country.
Danilo L. Concepcion
University of the Philippines