Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia is granting gratuity pay to all job order (JO) and contract of service (COS) personnel of Bacolod City in response to the call of His Excellency President Rodrigo Duterte.
The move is in consonance with Section 5 of the President’s Administrative Order No. 46 enjoining LGUs to extend gratuity pay to COS and JOs if they have the financial capability to do so.
“Let me also thank our good Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran and the entire Sangguniang Panlungsod for ratifying the proposed granting of the one-time incentive”, Leonardia said.
He directed the appropriate offices under the LGU to make necessary preparations for the release of the aforementioned incentive as the city still has sufficient funds amid the COVID-19 pandemic and despite the super Typhoon Odette that recently hit Bacolod.
Personnel qualified to receive the additional incentive will get a high of P5,000 to a low of P2,000 each, depending on their length of service with the LGU, the mayor said.
Section 5 of AO No. 46 stipulates that LGUs are enjoined by the President to adopt in their respective offices the grant of Gratuity Pay to workers whose services are engaged through COS and JO, utilizing appropriate and available funding sources from their local government funds.
COS and JOs are entitled to a one-time P5,000 additional incentive provided that they have rendered a total or an aggregate of at least four months of actual satisfactory performance of service.
Those who have rendered three months or more but less than four months will receive P4,000 each, while personnel with two months or more but less than three months, will be given P3,000.
COS and JOs with less than two months of service are entitled to P2,000.
As stated by the AO, the year-end grant is a “well-deserved recognition of their hard work in implementing programs, projects and activities, including those which are part of the emergency COVID-19 response efforts of the city government.”*