The Negros Occidental provincial legal office has filed an appeal memorandum before the Commission on Audit on its disallowance of the extra year-end bonuses granted Capitol employees in 2015 and 2016, Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado said yesterday.
Salado said the COA provincial office disallowed the P30,000 bonus granted each employee in 2015 and P35,000 in 2016, prompting the recent filing of the appeal memorandum before the COA regional office.
He believes the disallowance will be overturned as the provincial government has completed the submission of the documents required to justify the bonuses, Salado said. It is just a matter of providing the required documents, he said, adding that extra bonuses can be granted employees as incentive if a local government unit has won an award for good performance.
The COA did not disallow the bonuses granted by the provincial government in 2017 and 2018 because of proper documentation, he pointed out.
The provincial government employees were granted P80,000 each as bonus last year.
Asked if the provincial government will grant extra bonuses this year, Salado said the funds are available. However, the legal basis for its release would have to be provided, he said.
Instructions on the matter will have to come from Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, he said.
The Negros Occidental provincial government did not receive a Seal of Good Local Governance award this year but other awards it received could justify the granting of extra bonuses, a source said.*
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