President Duterte donates month salary for COVID-19 response

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President Rodrigo Duterte is donating his one month salary to support COVID-19 response of the government. This was confirmed by Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

Panelo also said that “members of the President’s cabinet have pledged to cut 75% of their monthly salaries from the month of April to December of this year.”

“Others have volunteered a salary deduction for the whole duration of the state of public health emergency in solidarity with our countrymen and to help in the government efforts to halt the spread of┬áthe coronavirus,” Panelo added.

He added that other officials with the rank of secretaries are similarly giving portions of their respective salaries to boost the collective fight against the dreadful disease.

“Assistant Secretaries of the Offices of the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Presidential Spokesperson have likewise committed to donate at least 10% of their income directly to the Office of Civil Defense this month, and will continue providing financial and relief assistance from their salaries to groups who are at the frontline of this health crisis in the succeeding months,” Panelo said.