TACLOBAN CITY – The provincial government of Northern Samar released the year-end benefits of the employees before Christmas Day, giving them a reason to have a joyful occasion with their families.
The year-end benefits included the Service Recognition Incentive (SRI) amounting to P20,000 per employee which was released on December 22, 2023, along with the Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) amounting to P5,000, granted to regular provincial employees, who included casual employees with at least four months of service as of November 30, 2023.
As for job order workers and contractual employees who have rendered at least four months of service, they received a gratuity pay of P5,000.
Aside from the SRI, PEI, and gratuity pay, the employees also received their 14th-month pay or Christmas bonus, released to regular employees last month.
The year-end bonus came with a cash gift of P5,000 per employee, based on the guidelines set by the national government.
The provincial government has 1,265 permanent and casual employees and 2, 540 job order workers.
“It is because of your unwavering commitment that the provincial government of Northern Samar continues to achieve great things for our province. I express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your hard work and dedication throughout the year,” Governor Edwin Ongchuan said in his message to the employees.
“It is because of your unwavering commitment that the provincial government of Northern Samar continues to achieve great things for our province. Thank you for your efforts in making Northern Samar a better place for everyone,” the governor added.
Ongchuan reiterated that he gave premium on the welfare of the employees because they believe that the provincial government’s human resources are as vital as its fiscal resources and an essential component to sound public administration.
The governor also expressed his appreciation for the support of the legislative body headed by Vice Governor Clarence Dato for approving the budget that provides benefits to the employees.
The provincial board authorized the allocation of P38 million from the province savings of which P25.3 million was approved for the payment of SRI while P12.7 million was for gratuity pay. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)