City awaits DBM nod on P25k extra X’mas gift PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 December 2011 17:20

Due to sound fiscal management, the city government can grant as much as P25,000 extra cash gift, now termed as Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) to each of its over 2,000 employees.

Mayor Celso Lobregat, however said, this is still subject to the approval of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) which is set to issue the guidelines soon.
The mayor made the announcement during the program kicking off Pascua na Zamboanga 2011, Friday night at the newly-refurbished Plaza Pershing. The Christmas festival opening ceremony was the first-ever event held at the Plaza Pershing since it was reopened to the public November 28.

“Nuay pa sale el guidelines del DBM, pero si aproba man, we can give as much as P25,000 PEI to each city government worker, (the DBM has yet to issue the guideline but if it will be approved, we can give as much as P25,000 enhancement incentive)”, the mayor said amid loud applause from the crowd attending the opening program.

If and when approved by the DBM, the P25, 000 productivity enhancement incentive for each city government worker would mean a total value of P50.9 million.

Mayor Lobregat stressed that the city government has realized a savings of over P50 million from personnel services mainly because of good fiscal management.  “We have savings in personnel services of over P50 million and because of that, that is the amount of extra cash gift or PEI that we can we can give to each employee”.

Last year, city government employees received an extra cash gift of P20, 000 each, on top of their 13th month pay and P5,000 cash gift which are released in two tranches—the first half released in May in time for enrolment season and the second half is released in November.

Meanwhile, activities related to Pascua na Zamboanga 2011, themed “Pascua Engrande na Zamboanga” are in full blast. The best dressed Santa Claus competition will be held on December 8 at 4 pm at the Plaza Pershing and Canciones de Zamboanga, a choral competition is set on December 9 at 4 pm also at the Plaza Pershing.
The entry evaluation of the best Christmas landmark competition will be held from December 12-16 from Mondays through Fridays from 6 pm onwards. A panel of judges will be formed to do the evaluation.

Plaza del Pilar will be the venue of the first ever Christmas Food Festival, an exhibit of all specialties and delicacies served during the Christmas season from December
15-17. The food festival will run from 5 pm onwards.

Closing program will be held on December 17 at 7pm at the Plaza del Pilar.  Winners in the open-lantern competition, best Christmas landmark competition, 1st Christmas Food festival – best buffet presentation, best Christmas cuisine and best Christmas goodies will be presented and awarded during the program.

Also calendared for the Pascua na Zamboanga are the Alumni Homecoming of Ateneo de Zamboanga University- Dec. 2-4; concert “Winding Journey: Always Believing 2” at Astoria Regency- Dec. 2; World AIDS Day- Dec. 10; One Mega Fair at Garden Orchid Hotel- Dec. 11; Basic Cinematography Workshop at Alavar’ conference room- Dec. 13-16; ZamboEcozone Airsoft Practical Shooting Tournament in San Ramon- Dec. 16-17; Aquarium Show at Plaza Pershing- Dec. 20; Claret School Grand Alumni Homecoming- Dec. 29.

On the other hand, the spectacular Christmas lights and trimmings at the City Hall, Plaza Pershing, Paseo del Mar and Plaza del Pilar continue to attract people from all walks of life nightly. — Sheila Covarrubias