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Bacolod eligible to grant performance-based bonus

Bacolod City is among the select local government units (LGUs) eligible to grant the 2019 Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) for its employees.

            The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has informed Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia of this authority to grant the PBB, which is an incentive mechanism to reward local government employees for good governance and meritorious performance as an LGU.

With this, Leonardia has requested the Sangguniang Panlungsod, headed by Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, to pass an appropriation ordinance for an amount to be earmarked in the preparation of the budget in 2019, a press release from the city said.

            Earlier, DILG assistant regional director Maria Calpiza Sardua informed City Director Ma. Joy Maredith Madayag that Bacolod City is one of the 11 LGUs in Western Visayas that qualified for the 2019 PBB.

            This was after Bacolod City won as national awardee of the 2019 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) Award from the DILG in November last year.

            Also in December last year, Bacolod was hailed as the overall “Best Performing LGU – City Category in Western Visayas” at the awarding ceremony of the DILG 2019 Excellence in Local Governance Awards (EXCELL).

            Bacolod was one of only 57 out of 145 cities in the country, and one of the only three cities in Negros Occidental to have received the SGLG award for 2019.

            Leonardia, who received the award together with Familiaran and City Hall heads at rites held at The Manila Hotel, described the award as the “highlight of all our highlights in 2019.”

            “This validates and legitimizes all our other awards and recognitions coming from other institutions,” he had said.

            The SGLG criteria have seven governance core areas: Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection, Peace and Order, Business Friendliness and Competitiveness, Environmental Protection, and Tourism Culture and the Arts.

            Leonardia said, “The SGLG is our guidance, recognition, reward, and inspiration. This also raises our standards in local governance and we now have that additional moral obligation to sustain and maintain our brand of local governance.”*

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