Councilor Roy Ventura has requested Mayor Lucilo Bayron to allocate funds for the Christmas incentives of around 4,500 job order (JO), casual, and contractual employees of the city government.
“Malapit na ang araw ng pasko, sana naman ay mapasaya natin ang ating mga empleyado. Alam ko sa dami nila ay malaki ang aabutin pero sana mayroon tayong mabigay,” he said.
In support of Ventura’s appeal, councilor Elgin Damasco suggested that the budget for their Christmas incentive should be included in the annual general appropriations for immediate distribution.
In this way, he said the city government will no longer have any problem where to get the incentives or bonuses to give them.
However, city treasurer Regina Cantillo said that it is not allowed to include the incentives for the contractual and job order employees in the annual budget.
She said they are only able to distribute incentives to them from the savings of the city government.
Cantillo said this is also why their salaries are placed under the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE).
“Hindi po possible ‘yon kasi ang job order ay hindi puwedeng isama sa yearly budget, unlike sa casual na kasama sa personal expenditures ng pamahalaan. Sila [JO at contractual] ay naka-depende lang ang mga benefits nila sa savings ng city kaya nga ang sweldo nila ay nilalagay natin sa MOOE,” Cantillo explained.
She said whatever fund is left in the MOOE will be used for the incentives of contractual and job order employees.