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Bohol Capitol workers get P15-T extra bonus

by Rey Anthony Chiu

Tagbilaran City (21 November) -- It's payback time for capitol workers.

After experiencing tough reforms to generate savings from implemented austerity measures, a Capitol official said the savings would be given back to the employees in the form of extra cash gift.

Eyeing to perk employees buying power for the Christmas season, Capitol has earlier identified three major sources of savings, as suggested by Governor Erico Aumentado.

Identified the sources as savings are from austerity measures, salaries and maintenance and other operating expenses, Capitol sources revealed.

"Capitol has saved about P27,105,000 and this would be given as extra bonus to all our employees, Provincial Administrator Tomas Abapo said in Cebuano over the weekly The Governor Reports Friday.

Over this, the Sannguniang Panlalawigan under Vice Governor Julius Caesar Herrera has also passed Thursday the supplemental budget needed to free the cash windfall for the 1,277 Capitol employees, the SP media sources confirmed through telephone.

According to Atty Abapo, last year's extra bonus other than the 13th month pay and the regular cash gift was P10T.

Now that the governor strictly ordered austerity measures so we can earn more savings for the bonus, this year's extra cash gift would be P15T, Abapo shared.

P10T of the P15T would be due for release a few days before Christmas, while the remaining P5T Collective Negotiations Agreement (CNA) bonus would be released between the first and the second week of January next year.

Qualified to get the bonus are 1,277 regular employees, or Capitol spends about P19,155,000. On the other hand, plantilla casual, contractual and job-order casuals may get similar amount, but this subject to the guidelines of the Department of Budget and Management, the former provincial attorney added.

The provincial government has also about 230 employees paid by the Special Education Fund (SEF), categorized as plantilla casuals, they too would receive the extra cash gift, Abapo said.

This as the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has freed P11.6 billion representing one-half of the yearend bonus and cash gift for more than one million government workers.

Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya Jr. told President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo that the release of the yearend bonus and cash gift ensures that public workers will have something for the holidays. (PIA) [top]

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