NEGROS Occidental Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado Jr. said that Capitol employees will no longer receive bonus in the first quarter of the year unlike in previous years.

Salado said the employees have already received the incentive bonus of P35,000 each for the award received by the province in December 2015.

In the past years, Capitol workers received their extra bonus during December and the additional incentive bonus is then released by March of the following year.

Salado said they already explained the situation to employees when they released the P35,000 bonus.

Meanwhile, Salado said the provincial government is also awaiting for the final approval of the proposed Salary Standardization Law (SSL) of 2015.

Right now, the proposal is with the Bicameral Committee after the House of Representatives and the Senate version differed.

Salado said that once it becomes a law, they will also see the guidelines if the increase would also be given immediately to the local government employees.

The proposed law seeks to increase the salary for government officials and employees in the next four years beginning 2016.

The compensation package “is composed of a salary increase, a mid-year 14th month pay, and an enhanced performance-based bonus (PBB) system.”

The bill seeks to increase the basic salary of covered employees on the average by 27 percent, while the 14th month pay will further raise compensation by eight percent.