BACOLOD CITY, May 31 (PNA) — After more than seven months of waiting, thousands of provincial Capitol employees in Negros Occidental finally received their P20,000 performance bonus Friday.
The release was done following the approval of the P105-million supplemental budget on Wednesday.
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan also approved in its regular session the P54-million supplemental budget for the Economic Enterprise Development Department.
The two supplemental budgets were approved by the majority even if Provincial Board member Frederick Ko raised some questions on some items certified urgent by the governor.
Ko specifically questioned the changes in variation orders of the transfer of floodlights from Paglaum Sports Complex to the Panaad Stadium (P 496,696); the construction of Negros First Ranch (P4.9-million); and concrete paving of Murcia Alegria-CPAC Access Road Phase II (P6.8-million).
But the interest for the common good of everybody prevailed in the end, according to Provincial Board member Salvador Escalante, chairman of the SP committee on finance.
Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (PACE), the union of provincial government employees in Negros Occidental, lauded the release of their performance bonus.
PACE Secretary Renelo Lastierre said everything was a victory for all public sector workers in the pursuit of their welfare and benefits under the law.
“The passage of the 2013 budget, which paved the way for our salary increase mandated by law and the approval of the supplemental budget for our extra bonus, only proves that a strong union will always be the strength of the individual workers,” he said.