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Job order employees of the city government will be receiving higher monthly salaries starting January next year to comply with the “minimum wage” requirement. City Hall, however, said it will be forced to cut down its manpower.

This was confirmed to Palawan News by City Budget Officer (CBO) Regina Cantillo after Mayor Lucilo Bayron made the announcement Monday during the flag-raising ceremony on the expected salary increase for JO workers.

“Dito sa city P225, na suppose to be ang minimum ay P500. By next year mga P500 na ang ibibigay namin,” said Cantillo.

Bayron also said during his announcement Monday that he is hoping that those who will be terminated will understand.

Cantillo said there are around 3,000 JOs currently employed by the city government.

She said while the city is capable of giving all of them the increase, a study is still being conducted to determine the specific number of employees they need to retain for each project.

“Nagpapagawa pa lang kami ng study kung ilan talaga ‘yong requirement bawat project. Sa isang project na ito ilan ba talaga ang kailangan. Iyon lang ang iha-hire,” she said.

Cantillo said the study is expected to have its results by the end of 2019 at the latest, and right before they accomplish the contracts of the JO workers.