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Solon: Use savings for year-end bonus of government employees

16 December 2015 No Comment

PRESS RELEASE *15 December 2015*
*Reference:  ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (09209220817)*
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ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio is urging President Benigno S.

Aquino III to use savings from this year’s national budget to give
government employees a much-needed year-end bonus.

“For the first time in years, Malacañang will not give an additional
year-end bonus to its 1.4 million govenrment employees,” said Tinio. “Since
the legally mandated 13th month pay and cash gift were already fully
released last November, government employees will not be receiving anything
more. It will be a cash-strapped holiday for many rank-and-file employees
in the public sector this year.”

Tinio noted that, based on the Aquino administration’s track record of
underspending, substantial amounts would be available as savings in the
national budget. Large amounts of unused funds would also be available from
unfilled plantilla positions under the presidential lump-sum known as the
Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund. “Malacañang should have sufficient
savings on hand to give government employees an additional year-end bonus
of at least P5,000,“ said Tinio.

“An additional year-end bonus will give government employees much-needed
relief and happier holidays, especially since they have not received a
salary increase for the past three years. It will also give the economy an
additional boost in consumer spending. For these reasons, President Aquino
should immediately grant it,” concluded Tinio. #

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