Baguio hikes incentives for retiring officials, employees

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The City Council, during last Monday’s regular session, approved on first reading amending Ordinance No. 79, series of 2017, that seeks to further increase the P5,000 cash incentives for every year of service to all retiring government official, employees of the city government or elected official, at the end of their term to P10,000 in recognition of their unselfish contribution and dedicated service.

The ordinance sought to further amend Ordinance No. 08, series of 2007, as amended by Ordinance No. 75, series of 2009, and further amended by Ordinance No. 20, series of 2013.

The council stated it will be made a policy of the city to grant cash incentive amounting to P10,000 for every year of service of not less than 9 years and an additional P5,000 for every year of service in excess of 9 years of every retiring official or employee of the local government, elected government officials whose term of office shall expire, including co-terminus staff who completed at least 9 years of city government service in recognition his or her contribution and dedicated service.

Ordinance No. 79, series of 2017, further amended Ordinance No. 08, series of 2007, which declared that it will be made a policy of the city government to grant cash incentive amounting to P5,000 for every year of service of every retiring official or employee of the city, including elected government officials whose term of office shall expire, in recognition of his or her unselfish contribution and dedicated service.

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Aside from the recognition of their service to the city government, the council stipulated the increase in the cash incentive could also give cushion to the effect of inflation and to provide for them needed support as they start with their new career, interest and a new life.

The council stipulated that with the prevailing crisis caused by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) global pandemic, especially to the employment and sources of livelihood of the people, the proposed increase in the cash incentives for retiring government officials and employees will definitely serve as an added boost to the realization of their dreams and aspirations in life as they embrace a new era after having rendered decades of dedicated service to the city government.

The council disclosed that funds to bankroll the grant of the increased cash incentives to retiring government officials and employees will be drawn from available savings for personal services of the different offices to ensure the sustainability of the implementation of the hike in the incentives of the workers in the different offices of the city government.

The cash incentive to be granted to retiring government officials and employees of the city government will be over and above the payment of the earned leaves of the retiring government officials and employees that will be computed based on the latest salary that he or she has been receiving appurtenant to his or her position upon retirement.

The ordinance was referred to the Committee on this, Governmental Affairs and Personnel for the sourcing out of the certificate of availability of funds from the city’s Local Finance Committee before the same will be calendared for second and third readings.

By Dexter A. See

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