Cebu City needs P50M for workers’ bonuses

December 16, 2012 11:24 am 

CEBU CITY, Dec. 15 — The Cebu City executive department has submitted to the City Council the proposed third supplemental budget (SB 3) amounting to P73 million, the bulk of which will cover the Christmas bonuses promised to city employees.

Of the amount, P50 million will be for the P10,000 Christmas bonus of the estimated 5,000 employees of the city government, excluding elected officials.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama earlier promised to give P20,000 to the employees but he later said that only P10,000 will be released before Christmas so the city will not exceed the 45-percent limit on personal services set under Republic Act No. 7160 or the Local Government Code.

The other P10,000, he said, will be released next year and its appropriation will be included in the 2013 annual budget.

Aside from the holiday bonus, the proposed SB 3 also includes the P11-million appropriation for the P2,000 cash assistance of the city to the Cebu City Police Office personnel, agents of the National Bureau of Investigation, the maritime police and the Bureau of Fire Protection personnel.

Some 1,100 personnel of the law enforcement agencies were not able to get their monthly cash assistance from the city since September because the budget for it has already been depleted.

The executive department had proposed a P25.8-million appropriation for their incentive allowance for 2012 but the City Council approved only P14.4 million.

Also included in the proposed SB 3 is the purchase of sacks of rice that the city government will give as gifts to each barangay official and employee.

Cebu City Councilor Margarita Osmeña, chair of the council’s committee on budget and finance, said they will try to tackle the third supplemental budget next week, since they are still conducting budget hearings for the P6.7-billion proposed budget for 2013. (PNA)

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