CEBU City Hall employees are expected to receive a charter day bonus, and Mayor Michael Rama wants to hand out P50,000 each to regular and casual workers.

If approved, this will cost the City Government P240 million.

Rama said in a press conference Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, that in the past years, the City Government has been giving out bonuses to its employees during the celebration of its charter day anniversary.

The City is set to celebrate its charter day on Feb. 24, 2023.

In 2022, regular and casual employees of City Hall received P10,000 each.

Rama said he wants the bonus of the employees to be not less than P20,000 but that he would be aiming for a P50,000 bonus should the City Hall’s coffers allow.

“Sa pila ka tuig nangagi, naa man gyud koy (For years now, I’ve always given a) charter (bonus). As much as possible, not less than P20,000. But if it can be P50,000, why not?” Rama said.

The P50,000 amount is bigger than the monthly salary of most City Hall workers.

The giving out of bonuses to the employees is also a manner of appreciating their efforts that made the Sinulog celebration last Jan. 15 successful.

During the Sinulog preparations of the City Government from August 2022 to January 2023, Rama said, only one percent of City Hall’s workforce did not participate.

As of Sept. 30, 2022, City Hall had 1,367 regular employees, 3,433 casual employees and 2,263 job order (JO) employees.

What about JOs?

Lawyer Jerone Castillo, special assistant of Rama for fiscal matters and special projects, told SunStar Cebu Monday, that he still needs to review the documents to confirm if the JO employees will also be given a bonus and how much it would be.

The mayor further said since no other local government unit in the country has given an anniversary bonus as big as P50,000, there is always a first time.

Rama said he is serious about it if funds are available, but in the event of budget constraints, he will not push for it.