Regular employees of the Bacolod City government will be given Christmas bonus of P13,000 this month, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday.
Leonardia said the Department of Budget and Management guidelines states that the employees’ year-end benefits should be given not earlier than December 8 so a proposal has been submitted to the Sangguniang Panlungsod.
However, the councilors are now in Manila for the Philippine Councilors League conference, he said. “I suppose the SP will act on this in their next session. I am willing to call for a special session if the situation calls for it,” he added.
Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson, however, said they will take the matter up in the next regular session.
Leonardia said he officially wrote the SP based on the figures given by the DBM considering that in the first half of the year, P3,000 had been given in advance to the employees.
“This time, after scraping our resources, we will give P13,000 this month,” he said. “That is a total of P16,000, compared to the P15,500 last year.
Leonardia said the city has allocated a substantial amount for the employees in 2011and in 2012.
Last year, about P40 million was allocated for salary increases, he said.
Out of that P40 million, P9 million went to increases in the benefits of casual employees, and P31 million to all 1,207 permanent employees, Leonardia said.
“So, theoretically, when you are talking about P31 million, divided by 1,207 employees, that is an average of P25,000 per person for 2011,” he said.
With the 16,000 that given them, plus the P25,000, it means that P41,000 on the average was given to the city’s permanent employees this year which is a substantial amount, he said.
Leonardia said that all this time, as a matter of policy, his administration has always given to the employees whatever is due them as long as there is legal basis, and available funds.*CGS