ILOILO CITY, Jan. 24 – The move to increase to P4,000 the P2,000 monthly Personnel Economic Relief Allowance (PERA) of government employees as proposed by some legislators from the House of Representatives has gained positive response from government employees of Iloilo City and the province.
Lucy Sinay, public information officer of the Iloilo City Government, said the increase in their allowance could help augment their income especially with today's high prices of basic consumer items.
Sinay’s statement was seconded by her fellow employee, Josie Castillano, who said the increase will have positive effect on them. She added any increase means a lot because her present salary could not cover all the daily needs of her growing family.
Regular and plantilla employees of the city government are receiving P2,000 monthly PERA apart from their basic salary and yearly uniform allowance that includes P3,700 for clothing and P5,000 for shoes.
Jose Nerio Lujan of the Iloilo Provincial Government also expressed support to the proposed increase, saying it could help the employees in so many ways particularly for buying and paying for basic needs like food, electricity and water, among others.
Alliance of Concerned Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio filed House Bill No. 5662 seeking the timely increase of the PERA to supplement the basic compensation of state workers due to the rising cost of living.
Tinio said the PERA was first granted to government employees in 1991, in the amount of P500 per month. An additional compensation of P1,500 was given by virtue of Joint Resolution No. 4 issued by Congress on June 17, 2009, increasing the total PERA of public workers to P2,000.
If the bill is approved, the increase in PERA shall be granted to civilian government personnel whether employed by the national or local governments, appointive or elective, and whether occupying regular, contractual or casual positions. (PNA) LAP/AJP/MGCaoyonan/vlo