Employees of the Bacolod City government are expected to receive their Service Recognition Incentive (SRI) of P10,000 this week.
Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia said the Bacolod City government is ready to grant the whole maximum amount of P10,000 to all its employees occupying regular, contractual, and casual positions, a press release from the city said.
Upon the mayor’s request, the Sangguniang Panlungsod, headed by Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, passed an Appropriation Ordinance for this purpose during their regular session on Dec. 23.
Leonardia said, “This is the best Christmas bonus and incentive package for our city employees ever. And it comes at a most appropriate time because we are in the midst of a pandemic.”
Aside from the SRI, Bacolod City Hall regular employees had received five types of cash incentives last November and December. These were the yearend bonus, performance-based bonus, cash gift of P5,000, Collective Negotiation Agreement Incentive of P25,000, and Productivity Enhancement Incentive of P5,000.
“This means that Bacolod City has given all allowable bonuses and incentives, topped by the Performance-Based Bonus given only by selected LGUs,” the mayor added.
He also issued Memorandum No. 1, series of 2021, dated Jan. 4, directing all department and office heads to process the SRI of their personnel.
Last month, President Rodrigo Duterte issued Administrative Order No. 37 authorizing LGUs to grant a one-time SRI to government employees at a uniform rate not exceeding P10,000, that shall be released not earlier than Dec. 21.
In his AO, Duterte said the administration recognized the value and importance of government employees for their participation and contribution in the current efforts towards streamlining of government procedure and delivery of public services.
As for job order workers, they are also set to receive a gratuity pay of P3,000 each this month, after Duterte allowed the granting of such bonus.
Leonardia said, “We give all the benefits to employees based on two conditions – if there is legal basis and if there is availability of funds – following the guidelines set by Malacañang and the Department of Budget and Management”.*