The members of the Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees are asking Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. to grant them milestone anniversary bonuses on the basis of the amendments to the founding anniversary of Negros Occidental.
A legal opinion of the Provincial Legal Office states that May 1, 1901 is the accurate and true date of the founding of Negros Occidental, therefore officials and employees of the province are entitled to an anniversary bonus.
They said they are entitled to P9,000 each in bonuses.
Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan yesterday said the governor has stated that if the claim is valid, he is asking that the PACE agrees that the payment be made on staggered basis.
Pinongan said that with the agreement between the governor and the PACE officers, he forwarded their claim to Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado Jr. to find sources of funds so a supplement budget can be approved.
The provincial government has about 2,300 employees.
Salado is currently on leave. When he returns we will call for a conference between Salado and the PACE officers, Pinongan said.*CPG