Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday said city officials are finalizing the Christmas or year-end bonus that officials and employees will receive from the City Government and will make the announcement as soon as it is finalized.
Leonardia said they are discussing this with the finance officers of the city to determine the amount of year-end benefits the employees will receive.
He also said they are anticipating the guidelines from Malacañang this week. “Once we receive it, we will correspondingly also take the necessary action to see to it that the employees receive their benefits on time,” he added.
Leonardia said that their policy has always been that there has to be legal basis and guidelines from Malacañang before releasing the year end benefits that will also be subject to availability of funds.
In fact, employees were given a midyear bonus of P3,000 each and will have an additional bonus once they receive the guidelines from the Office of the President, he said, adding that it will be a decent amount.
Leonardia said the Bacolod City Government always gives priority to employee benefits and this year, they are preparing P40 million to implement the Salary Standardization Law, which is additional compensation for them.
“We have to comply with the law, despite the fact that the city’s Internal Revenue Allotment will be reduced by P78 million next year with the recent creation of 16 new cities. But the employees’ welfare will still remain a priority,” he added.
As far as the job order casuals are concerned, he said, they are trying to work things out so they can also be given something.
Councilor Al Victor Espino said that, ever since, the Leonardia administration has given job order casuals compensatory gifts in terms of food packs.
Meanwhile, Leonardia said the city government will have a “New Year” countdown at the Bacolod City Government Center on December 31 to welcome year 2012.
He said the government center is now considered a family-oriented place and has become a rendezvous of friends and even individuals who are conscious of their physical fitness.
Leonardia said there will be a fireworks display during the New Year revelry and this will be the first time Bacolod will have a countdown to welcome the new year, so he is inviting families to come to the government center grounds on December 31, and bring their food and have their “Noche Buena” there.
This is also one way to minimize the use of firecrackers and pyrotechnics so accidents can be avoided, especially during the New Year revelry, as directed by the Department of Health, he said.*CGS