The Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (PACE) will appeal to Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson to reconsider his decision not to give extra bonuses to the more than 3,000 employees of the Negros Occidental provincial government this Christmas.
Renelo Lastierre, PACE president, said: “the union will appeal to the governor on behalf of the PGNO employees.”
“PACE has ready options and proposals for other benefits for the Capitol workers this December. The employees are aware of the present effect of the pandemic to the whole country,” Lastierre said.
The union remains “positive that the provincial government will not allow a black Christmas. We believe and trust that Governor Bong Lacson will always be a pro-worker and as a father of the province we firmly believe he always knows what is good for all of us,” he said.
PACE also appealing for the help of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan headed by Vice Governor Jeffry Ferrer, Lastierre said.
Lacson announced on Monday, November 9, that there will be no extra bonus this year.
“It’s only up to 14th month bonus,” the governor said.
The governor cited the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason behind the non-release of the additional bonus for Capitol employees.
Last year, the provincial government employees received an additional bonus of P60,000, aside from the 13th and 14th month benefits, usually released in May and November of every year.*