MANILA City Mayor Isko Moreno signed Ordinance 8718 which will give P3,000 gratuity pay to each of some 8,000 non-regular employees or those who are employed on contractual basis.
The ordinance, Moreno said, was passed swiftly by the Manila City Council through the efforts of Vice Mayor and Presiding Officer Honey Lacuna and majority floor leader Atty. Joel Chua and allots a total of P29,883,000 for the purpose, adding that the grant of one-time gratuity pay covers city personnel under contracts of service and job order workers is pursuant to Administrative Order No. 38 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte.
“As mentioned in AO No. 38, Contract of Service (COS) and Job Order (JO) workers in the government are paid salaries or wages equivalent to the daily salaries/wages of comparable positions in government and a premium of up to 20 percent of such salary/wage. However, they do not enjoy benefits accorded to government employees such as the Personnel Economic Relief Allowance, Mid-Year and Year-End Bonuses and Performance-Based Bonus among others, considering that they have no employer-employee relationship with the government,” the ordinance noted.
AO No. 38 also states that “LGUs are encouraged to adopt in their respective offices the grant of Gratuity Pay to workers whose services are engaged through COS and JO, utilizing appropriate and available funding sources from their respective local government funds.”
Moreno noted that in the midst of a global pandemic, the grant of a year-end Gratuity Pay to COS and JO workers “is a well-deserved recognition of their hard work and dedication to the city.” ANDI GARCIA