Because of sound fiscal management: City gov’t workers get P20T add’l bonus PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 December 2010 16:44

Because of sound fiscal management and good governance, the city government under Mayor Celso Lobregat has sufficient funds to grant an additional Christmas windfall of P20,000 to the over 2,000 city workers amounting to a total of P41 million.
Mayor Lobregat last Friday, Dec. 3, issued Budge Circular 2010-06 addressed to the city vice mayor, members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, department heads, assistant department heads, technical/vocational school administrators and all others concerned prescribing the guidelines for the grant and the funding of the productivity enhancement incentive (PEI) to officials and employees of the city of Zamboanga for 2010.
The grant of the PEI is authorized under Budget Circular 2010-3, issued Nov. 30, 2010 by the Department of Budget and Management in Manila.
Mayor Lobregat said the city government is well within the 45 percent budgetary limitation for personal services as provided under the local government code and local budget circular 75 issued July 12, 2002 by the DBM, thus, can comply with all requirements for salaries, benefits and other privileges for its employees as well as implement massive infrastructure program and accelerate delivery of social services.
Since his assumption in office in 2004, Mayor Lobregat has efficiently jumpstarted Zamboanga’s local government machinery through sound fiscal management and good governance and successfully turned around the city’s financial condition and transformed Zamboanga City into one of the most stable local government units in the country today.
The P20, 000 PEI for each employee is in addition to the employees’ 13th month pay and Christmas bonus of P5,000 which the workers already collected in two tranches: first half last May and the second half last November.
Of the total P41million required for the PEI, the P38 million for the officials and employees under the General Fund proper; P2.2 million for the 110 employees under the Economic Enterprises and  P1.380 million for the 69 teaching personnel under the Special Education Fund, shall be taken from item “Other Personal Benefits of the respective accounts of the General Fund, Economic Enterprises and the Special Education Fund.
Payment of the PEI shall be made on Dec. 15, 2010, based on Lobregat’s budget circular.
The PEDI shall cover all city government officials and employees occupying regular, contractual or casual positions; appointive or elective; rendering services on full-time or part-time basis whose salaries and wages are under the personal services appropriations and who are in the service as of Nov. 30, 2010.
Exempted are those who were absent without approved leave as of Nov. 30, 2010; those found guilty of offenses/ and or meted penalties in fiscal year 2010, except when the penalty is a mere reprimand and those who are hired on job-order basis such as consultants, experts, student laborers, apprentices, laborers of contracted projects (pakyaw) including those paid on piecework basis and other similarly situated.
City government personnel in the service as of Nov. 30, 2010 and have rendered at least a total or an aggregate of 4 months of service during the year, shall be entitled to the PEI at a maximum amount of p20,000 each as determined by the Sangguniang Panlungsod. Those who have rendered less than the total or aggregate of4 months of service as of Nov. 30, 2010 shall be entitled to the prorated PEI as follows: 3 months but less than 4 months- 40 percent or p8,000; 2 months but less than 3 months- 30 percent or P6,000; 1 month but less than 2 months- 20 percent or P4,000 and less than one month- 10 percent or P2,000.
The circular likewise states that those who transferred from one agency to another shall be granted by the new agency while those on detail with another government agency shall be granted by the mother agency and.
The City Human Resource Management Officer shall be responsible in the certification as to the entitlement of the city officials, employees and teaching personnel. The respective department heads including the vocational school administrators shall be held liable for any payment of benefit nor in accordance with the provisions of the circular without prejudice for the refund of the amount that was collected by the concerned officials and employees, the mayor’s circular added. -- Sheila Covarrubias