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Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Sunday (April 30) urged his colleagues to pass the bill granting night shift differential pay, not exceeding 20 percent of the hourly rate, to government employees regardless of whether they’re permanent, contractual, temporary or casual workers.

“This bill (No. 642) seeks to recognize the sacrifices of government employees who work late at night, until the wee hours of the morning, when they are supposed to be sleep, by providing them premium pay for hours of work during the night,” he said.

Trillanes, chair of the Senate committee on civil service, government reorganization and professional regulation, said that there were government personnel whose regular working hours fall between 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. of the next day.

“Such as our personnel in the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and our uniformed personnel in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP). The case of our BI employees is more lamentable because of their lack of compensation or monetary allowances considering the nature of their work,” he said.

Recently, a number of BI employees resigned while other went on leave of absence due to the suspension of their overtime pay, resulting in long queues in the immigration area at the airport terminals.

Trillanes also noted of reports that BI employees have not received hazard and night differential pay for the strenuous work that they do.

The said incentive is proposed to be given even to those employed in government-owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs) regardless of their nature of employment.