By Manny Piñol
Over 100,000 contract of service, job order and project-based workers in government will receive a modest Christmas gift of P2,000 each from the agencies they are connected with.
President Rody Duterte during the Cabinet meeting on Monday approved the recommendation of Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo that COS, JO and PB workers in government be also given cash gifts by government.
Under the present guidelines by the Civil Service Commission (CSC), only regular and casual plantilla workers in government are entitled to the 13th and 14th month pay from government.
COS, JO and PB workers are not considered direct employees of government and are not covered by the guidelines on the granting of bonuses.
Sec. Taguiwalo, who earlier recommended a minimum of P10,000 for each of over P100,000 JOs, COS and PB workers, said that government should also recognise the contributions of these workers to the efforts to serve the people.
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, however, explained that the amount would involve an estimated P3.5-B in additional budget from government.
President Duterte agreed that JOs, COS and PB workers should be given a cash gift for them to share with their families on Christmas.
It was agreed that each of the workers will receive an incentive of P2,000 which President Duterte approved.