• The San Juan Daily Star

PRASA employees to receive $2,000 pandemic incentive

By John McPhaul

Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) Executive President Doriel Pagán Crespo announced Thursday the approval of a $2,000 incentive for employees who worked during the pandemic.

In June, Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia announced the allocation of $200 million in American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funds for a special payment to employees who have worked during the emergency.

The funds, called the Coronavirus Relief Fund, were approved in accordance with ARPA.

According to the requirements established by ARPA, eligible employees are those who earn an annual salary equal to or less than $40,000. This excludes additional payment sources such as overtime and bonuses. Other requirements include having worked in person for more than 500 hours performing critical functions in the continuity of operations, being an active employee of the agency and being inoculated against COVID-19 (or the employee must state by means of an affidavit the reason why he or she is not vaccinated).

“This incentive recognizes [PRASA workers’] essential and tireless work during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Pagán Crespo said. “Once again we highlight the commitment of our colleagues who made it possible for drinking water to reach all Puerto Rican homes at times when hygiene is essential to control and combat the pandemic.”

She added that PRASA will go straight to work on the process of transfers and disbursements of the funds assigned to make the “Premium Pay” payment, according to the procedure established by the Office of Management and Budget.

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