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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, January 25, 2016
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Baciwa union demanding
release of rice allowance

The president of the Baciwa Employees Union claimed that the employees have been deprived of their rice allowance that they are entitled to receive from the Bacolod City Water District from the month of January.

Claudio Salmo said yesterday that he will meet with other union officers to discuss the matter since they are entitled to receive about P3,800 in rice allowance every first day of the month under their Collective Negotiation Agreement.

He said they, including Baciwa general manager Mario Macatangay, received their rice allowance last December but until now, they have not received it which is in violation of the CNA, he added.

Salmo said this was disallowed by the Commission on Audit in 2003 to 2004 and again in 2011 to 2012 but they appealed it because they have legal basis and that this was supported by a Department of Budget and Management circular.

Until now their appeal has not been answered by the COA, he said.

Salmo said that in several meetings with Macatangay, he gave them several justifications. He also told them that he will only give rice allowance to incumbent employees hired before December 31, 1999. Those hired after 2,000 will not receive any, he said.

They will inquire with DBM and ask for guidelines regarding their rice allowance and other existing benefits that could be availed of, Salmo said.

Asked for his comment, Macatangay said it is an issue best resolved by Baciwa.

He said he discussed the matter with the employees during a general assembly and they will meet again early next week before the Labor and Management Consultative Council.*CGS




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