EACH of the more than 2,500 employees of Negros Occidental Provincial Government will receive P8,000 as incentive bonus.
The fund is included in the three supplemental budgets amounting to P27.32 million approved by the Provincial Board Wednesday.
The approved appropriations were the Supplemental Budget No. 6 of the General Fund worth P17.96 million, Supplemental Budget No. 5 of the Economic Enterprise Development Department worth P560,000, and the Supplemental Budget No. 3 of the Hospital Operations Department of P8.80 million.
The appropriation included P20.32 million for the Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) incentive of the Capitol workers and the P7 million for the Peace and Order fund.
Second District Board Member Salvador Escalante Jr., chairman of board committee on appropriations, budget, finance, ways and means, pushed for the approval of the three supplemental budgets.
Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado Jr. said the CNA incentive is a yearly obligation of the provincial government to its regular and contractual employees, and elected officials.
He said the appropriation was sourced from this year’s savings from the travel, communication, and utility expenses.
“The amount the employees will receive will depend on whatever savings we have until December 15. The amount will then be divided by the number of employees as long as it will not exceed P25,000 per employee,” Salado said.
He said the employees will get the CNA incentive because “we have reached 70 percent of our target projects, programs, and activities as of October 31 this year.”
Salado added that in the previous years, the Capitol wasn’t able to release the CNA incentive since it was subject to Personal Services ceiling.
“Even if we have the source of fund, we cannot pass a supplemental budget because we are over the PS ceiling. It will be disallowed by the Department of Budget and Management,” he explained, adding that this year, the Congress passed a law that the CNA incentive is already considered as a waived item.
The CNA between the Provincial Government and the employees’ union, Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (Pace), will expire on October 2017.
“Non-members of Pace will have to pay an agency fee to avail of the CNA incentive while elected officials will be exempted from the fee,” Salado added.
He further said that offices can now start processing the payroll so the Capitol workers can already receive their CNA incentive.
Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said the Provincial Government will release an additional bonus for its employees which doesn’t need a go-signal from Malacañang.
“There’s an additional bonus, but I still can’t say how much,” the governor said.
Salado said they are still checking the legal basis in giving the additional bonus.
But for now, the Capitol employees will receive the P8,000 CNA incentive and the P5,000 Performance Enhancement Incentive bonus this Christmas, he added.