Council okays P30,000 bonus for City Hall workers

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

BOTH regular and casual employees of the Bacolod City Government will receive a maximum Performance Enhancement Incentive (PEI) or Christmas bonus of P30,000 each.

Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya on Monday’s special session said that the City Council took a favorable action on the additional P7.944 million appropriation requested by Mayor Monico Puentevella to meet the funding requirement for the employees’ bonuses.

The amount is on top of the already approved P26 million to cover the PEIs of qualified employees.

The City Government has about 1,300 regular employees alone.

Initially, Puentevella proposed a P20,000-incentive plus a P4,000 additional bonus, but he later made it P30,000.

Gasataya said they needed to approve the budget immediately because the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has set ban for approval of appropriations starting December 11 in relation to the conduct of a plebiscite for the creation of Paglaum Village as the city’s 62nd barangay on January 11.

The vice mayor said the PEI will be given on a pro-rate basis or depending on the length of service of the qualified employees.

Those who were hired on July 1, 2013 will receive only 50 percent of the P30,000, he said.

Councilor Roberto Rojas, chairman of the committee on finance, said the mayor’s total request for appropriation amounted to P34 million to cover the bonuses, and the Christmas gift packs for job order employees.

"The mayor was able to look for funds to give the maximum amount to the regular and plantilla casuals. The council is also amenable to such idea so that the employees can enjoy the Yuletide season with their families and friends," Rojas said.

Under the Department of Budget and Management Circular No. 2013-3 dated Nov. 21, 2013, there is no more ceiling as to the amount of the employees’ Christmas bonus.

The discretion lies on the City Council to decide how much they will give to their employees.

PEIs are given to employees as incentive or reward for exceeding agency financial and operational performance targets and to motivate employee efforts toward higher productivity.

The City Council also set a colatilla requiring employees to sign a waiver that in case of disallowance, they have to refund the amount received.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 03, 2013.

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