Government workers press for additional Christmas benefits

Government workers press for additional Christmas benefits

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — The Confederation for Unity, Recognition, and Advancement of
Government Employees (COURAGE) and other government workers’ unions
called on Malacañang today in an online press conference to provide
additional Christmas benefits.

In a statement, they said they have already submitted this appeal to
the Office of the President (OP) and the Department of Budget and
Management (DBM) last month.

“Like the public that we serve, says Mr. Alan Balaba President of the
Social Welfare Employees Association of the Philippines (SWEAP),
government employees are also suffering day to day to survive in these
pandemic times. The year-end regular benefits we would receive would
just pay for debts we incurred to make ends meet in the past few
months.”

“An additional benefit like the provision of a P10k service
recognition incentive and gratuity pay for regular employees and job
order workers, would provide economic relief in these hard times,” he
added.

“We received the P3,000 gratuity pay that Malacañang granted to job
order and contract of service workers in government last year only
this year. We hope that this year, the President would grant our
appeal for a P10,000 gratuity pay and we would receive it in time for
Christmas,” says Ms. Roxanne Fernandez, spokesperson of Kawani Laban
sa Kontraktwalisasyon (KALAKON).

“The Inventory of Government Human Resources (IGHR) of the Civil
Service Commission (CSC) estimates that of the total 2.4 million
government work force, there are more than 600,000 job order and
contract of service workers who receive low compensation and no
benefits because they are not considered employees by government even
though almost all of them work as frontline service providers of
government in these pandemic times,” explained Ms. Fernandez.

Meanwhile, COURAGE President Santiago Y. Dasmariñas, Jr. said that the
limitations set on the provision of collective negotiation agreement
incentives should be removed so that union members who have struggled
to forge these agreements would enjoy the benefits that these
agreements intends to give.

“We call on Malacañang to grant these additional benefits because we
recognize that our people, not only government employees, direly needs
meaningful economic relief and such measures would jumpstart our
country’s post pandemic economic recovery.” ended Mr. Dasmariñas.

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