Government workers want more bonuses

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Sunday, November 14, 2010


ON TOP of their P10,000 Christmas bonus, a worker’s groups wanted the retention of their Productivity Enhancement Incentives (PEI) granted by the previous administration to all government workers.

“We, teachers and employees of government anticipate the same incentive this year, especially under the new administration,” said Benjo Basas, national chairman of Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC).

Under the preceding administration, Basas said government employees enjoyed other bonus in the form of Performance Bonus or Productivity Enhancement Incentives (PEI), citing that it is given to them under presidential prerogative.

He said government employees were granted P5,000 and P6,000 bonus in 2005 and 2006, while they received P10,000 cash gift from 2007 to 2009.

As the teachers look forward for the P10,000 PEI, Basas said they also “expect that the budget department will approve another cash gift of not less than P10,000 for this year.”

“More than monetary benefits, performance and holiday bonuses are ways to recognize the effort of men and women who work in the government to sustain its operation,” he pointed out.

But the Palace said Sunday it has yet to determine whether the workers will receive additional benefits on top of the mandated 13th month pay and cash gift.

Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Budget Secretary Florencio Abad is still looking where to source funds for the PEI.

“They are still discussing the possibility of additional Christmas bonus but we have to consider that the government is running on a budget deficit,” she said.

Abad earlier said the government allocated P12.8 billion for the second tranche of the 13th month pay and the P5,000-cash gift, which will be distributed starting November 15 for state employees.

The budget department announced last week that government workers will receive their Christmas bonus. This amount constitutes the remaining half of their 13th month pay and P5,000 cash gift.

Meantime, Valte urged government agencies to be spendthrift on their Christmas celebrations to further highlight the administration’s austerity policy.

“We can do Christmas parties with our officemates without spending too much. I just hope that they will abide with this little reminder,” she said.(AH/Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)

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