The delay in the payment of salary will soon be over as the City Government of Puerto Princesa has fixed the schedule of payment of its contractual l and job order employees through an ordinance.
City ordinance number 696 which was approved recently by the City Council and authored by City Councilor Peter “Jimbo” Maristela sets the schedule of monthly payment of salary every end of the month. The city government has 416 contractual and 2,683 job order employees.
Based on the investigation of Palawan News, the usual cause of delay of salary payment is the slow processing of documents in the respective department of employees.
“Ang pagka-delaye ng sahod ay depende sa opisina kung saan nanggagaling ang pondo. Wala ang problema sa treasurer’s office,” said Jerome M. Padrones, acting assistant treasurer of the city government.
According to contractual and job order employees of the city government, most often, the delay of salary payment lasts for three to five months.
City Councilor Maristela clarified that ordinance 696 was based on the previous resolution number 694 authored by former Councilor Jimmy Carbonell in 2012 and Councilor Rogelio Castro in 2014 which have the same purpose of addressing the delayed payment of salary.
Maristela believes that is the responsibility of every employer to pay the salary of their employees or workers on time.
“Kahit na walang nagrereklamo o meron man, although s’yempre ay marami tayong naririnig na nagtatagal ang kanilang sweldo ay karapatan parin nilang matanggap ang sweldo nila on-time, kaya naisipan natin na gawin ang ganitong ordinansa,” he said.
With the ordinance, job order and contractual employees should receive their salary every end of the month or should be paid on or before the 15th of the following month.
The casual employees in the city government are also called job order employees which are categorized into unskilled, clerical and skilled or supervisory. The contractual employees on the other hand are in higher positions than the JO employees in the government.