Alaminos City gov't gives additional bonus to its workers

December 29, 2009 1:02 pm 

ALAMINOS CITY, Dec. 29 — The city government granted additional Christmas bonus to its more than 300 regular and casual employees that is perhaps unprecedented in the history of the city.

City Mayor Hernani Braganza said the additional incentive, equivalent to each worker's one month salary, plus another P11,000, was in recognition of the employees' hard work, dedication and commitment.

It was considered the biggest financial bonanza ever granted by any local government unit in Pangasinan yet this year to its employees.

This is because the extra windfall was on top of the 13th month pay and cash gift earlier given to the employees, half of which was already released in June and the other half just last November.

The financial bonanza was in fulfillment of Mayor Braganza's promise to the city workers during last year’s Family Christmas Party.

Braganza, now seeking the last term of office in the coming 2010 polls, said his co-workers in the city government deserve the additional benefit for their numerous and valuable contributions to the city.

He said this is also the city government’s own way of thanking the employees for their sacrifices so that their less fortunate city mates who suffered a lot from recent typhoons can easily get back to their feet.

The mayor earlier urged the city government employees and the populace to celebrate Christmas and New Year despite all the trials and hard times that came and tested their resiliency.

According to city budget officer Rowena Ruiz, the extra bonus came from the city government’s savings from its various operations for the year.

She explained that the benefit was in line with the directive from Malacanang authorizing local government units (LGUs) to grant additional bonus to government workers.

Vice Mayor Teofilo G. Humilde Jr., who is on his last term of office, said the additional bonus enabled the city government employees and their families to fulfill their needs during Christmas and New Year. (PNA)

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