BACOLOD CITY, May 23 (PNA) — The salary increases and additional bonuses for provincial government employees in Negros Occidental are now available following the approval of the province’s P2-billion annual budget on Wednesday.
Provincial Board member Salvador Escalante said the last tranche of salary increases will be computed starting January to date.
Escalante, the chairman of the committee on finance, assured that the employee’s salary increase will be disbursed before the opening of classes next month.
As to the other incentives like bonus, Escalante said this will be released upon the request of re-elected Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.
The approval of annual budget also gave the go signal for the provincial government to hire new doctors for province-owned district hospitals, according to the official.
Escalante said the salaries for the services of the new doctors will be taken from General Fund.
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved on Wednesday afternoon the province’s P2-billion annual budget after more than four months of deliberation.
It was swiftly approved following the defeat of its presiding officer and outgoing Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr to Marañon in last week’s election.
Alvarez went on leave when the budget was approved and it was Provincial Board member Mae Javellana who took over his position.
The officials who voted for the approval of budget were Provincial Board members Escalante, Miller Serondo, Nehemias Dela Cruz, George Gitano, Melvin Ibanez, Pedro Zayco, Javellana, Helen Zafra, Raul Rivera and Joben Alonso. (PNA)