Friday, 11 December 2009

Philippine Gov’t workers to get P10,000 bonus each

Manila Bulletin

President Arroyo has approved the allocation of P7 billion for the additional Christmas bonus of more than one million government workers, with each receiving P10,000, Malacañang said Thursday.

Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya said all state workers, including permanent, casual, and contractual employees, will receive their cash bonuses next week.

He announced the grant of the additional cash gift and performance bonus, totaling P10,000 for each employee, after President Arroyo awarded various citations to government officials, educational institutions and volunteer groups in Malacañang’s Rizal Hall Thursday.

“Naaprubahan na ng ating Pangulo ang additional cash gift and performance bonus ng ating mga kawani ng goyerno,” Andaya said in an interview.

He said out of the P10,000 cash gift, the P7,000 will be shouldered by the national government, while the balance of P3,000 will be provided by the employees’ respective agencies.

“We will start releasing next week,” Andaya said, noting that his department has started crafting the guidelines for such assistance. The incentives are not included in the 2009 regular budget.

“This is not a specific item in the budget kaya humanap kami ng items kada department na pwedeng pagkunan ng bonus natin,” Andaya said.

Remonde earlier said the President “really in principle wants to make the Christmas especially for the government workers happy.”

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