The Dumaguete City government will give salary increases, additional benefits, and premiums to regular employees, in compliance with the step increment required by law, that will mean an additional P3.6 million for the budget of the current year on personal services.
Assistant City Administrator Dinno Depositario said the last time regular employees of City Hall received a pay hike as step increment was in 2008, and this prompted Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo to implement this year the increase in the salaries, premiums for PhilHealth, Pag-IBIG, and GSIS, and the mid-year bonus and 13th month pay for all 28 offices of the city government.
City Budget Officer Antonieta General said there are 478 regular employees and four councilors who will benefit from the increase.
General added that only regular employees who have been in service for three uninterrupted years are entitled to the step increment, along with the increase in salary and benefits, effective January 2018.
Remollo said the City Treasurer's aggressive collection of taxes and revenues and the prudent use of funds allowed the city administration to grant the step increment for all regular employees without breaching the PS limitation.
In compliance with the minimum daily wage required by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in Central Visayas, Remollo also granted a P50 per day increase in the wages of all job order workers shortly after assuming office in 2016.
The Civil Service Commission said step increments allow employees to progress from Step 1 to 8 in the salary grade allocation of his or her position, in recognition of meritorious performance based on a Performance Management System approved by the CSC and/or through the length of service, in accordance with rules and regulations.*RG
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