Amid the country’s recent calamities, detained Senator Leila de Lima has lodged a bill that aims to give disaster service volunteers a 15-day paid work leave within one year.
By Senate Bill No. 1284, eligible disaster response volunteers are required to be paid for their regular pay rate for normal hours of work during their absence due to voluntary service.
The leave will, however, be subject to approval by the department or agency under which the employee is in.
The act will be called the “Disaster Response Volunteer Leave Act of 2020.” De Lima, chair of the Committee on Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development, said a proactive approach to the response to disasters is important.
The senator also emphasized the vulnerability of the Philippines to natural and man-made disasters due to their proximity to the Fire’s Pacific Circle.
As of Saturday, 348,563 people in the provinces of Batangas, Quezon, Laguna, and Cavite were affected by the eruption of the Taal Volcano, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in its latest report.
Of that number, there are 137,994 people staying in 448 evacuation centers.