ABOUT 80 percent of the more than 2,000 employees of the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental have received their 13th month pay, or mid-year bonus, Provincial Administrator Leonardo Eusebio said Monday.
Eusebio told Sun.Star Bacolod that the release of Capitol employees' full mid-year bonus amounting to almost P80.8 million should fall not earlier than May 15.
That is, pending the approval of the Provincial Board as part of the Province's partial implementation of the Salary Standardization Law (SSL) 4.
Under Section 10 of Executive Order 201 of the Office of the President, partial implementation can be done ,provided there is an authority from the Provincial Board.
"By the end of the month or even before, the Provincial Government could already release the mid-year bonus of all employees," Eusebio said.
Last April 18, the Provincial Board unanimously approved the resolution providing authority to Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. to implement the salary standardization in partial scheme since the province cannot fully apply it, after reaching the 45 percent ceiling for personal services.
The partial implementation of SSL 4 also covers the provision of the 14th month pay, also amounting to P80.76 million, as well as cash gift and productivity enhancement incentives (PEIs) each worth almost P20.84 million.
The 14th month pay, which will be given in November, will come from the Capitol's savings under the General Fund.
The P5,000 cash gift and PEIs for each employee will be given in November and December, respectively, and will also be sourced out from the savings of the General Fund.
The SSL 4, approved by President Benigno Aquino III through an executive order on February 19, seeks to provide higher compensation for all government officials and employees, including nurses, teachers, and soldiers.
The compensation package for government employees includes an average 27 percent increase in the basic salary, an eight percent increase in the mid-year 14th month pay, and an enhanced performance-based bonus system.