DBM: Casuals in gov’t will have something for ‘noche buena’

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ILOILO City – Government casual employees will be receiving something for their noche buena, too, according to Director Alfonso Bedonia of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Region 6.

Each will be receiving P2,000 and DBM’s central office is currently preparing the guidelines for the release, Bedonia told Panay News.

“We hope that this week or next week, makagwa na ang guidelines,” he said.

On Dec. 5 during his Cabinet meeting, President Rodrigo Duterte approved the recommendation of Social Welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo to give cash gifts to contract-of-service, job order and project-based workers in government.

According to Bedonia, this bonus must be released before Dec. 24, Christmas Eve.

“Ang purpose sang ina nga kwarta para may pang-noche buena sila,” he explained.

Giving government casual employees the bonus is only fair, said Bedonia. Regular government employees enjoy their 13th and 14th-month pays, too.

The 14-month pay or mid-year bonus was released in May while the 13-month pay was released between November and December.

The 13-month pay is equivalent to one month salary of a regular employee and the P5,000 cash gift.

“Assuming ang local government unit ma-short, pwede pa (release) sa 2017 (ang 13-month pay) pero dapat before the end of the year mahatag na ina,” said Bedonia.

After the DBM has released the guidelines, Bedonia said, local government units should allocate a budget or pass a supplemental budget for the casual employees’ bonuses./PN



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