The Cebu Provincial Board approved in a special session yesterday P50.8-million for the Christmas bonus of Capitol employees and provincial government volunteers.
Capitol employees will receive P30,000.00 and a sack of rice while barangay health workers will receive P2,500 and barangay tanods, P1,500.00.
This year’s bonus is P10,000.00 higher than what the employees of the Capitol received in 2011.
The announcement of the Christmas bonus came after provincial Treasurer Roy Salubre showed up and reported to acting Gov. Agnes Magpale the financial status of the provincial government.
After the Mass in the Capitol, Magpale asked Salubre to break the news to an obviously happy employees.
The release of the traditional Christmas bonus was not known until Friday morning because of the suspension of six-month suspension on Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia meted by the Dept. of Interior and Local Government (DILG) over a 2010 case filed by the late vice gov. Gregorio Sanchez for usurpation of authority.
Despite the suspension, Gov. Garcia has however barricaded herself in the governor’s office.
She has filed a petition for Temporary Restraining Order on her suspension before the Court of Appeals (CA). As of 5 p.m. Friday, no order from the CA has been issued.
Among the suspended governor’s defenses is her failure to be personally served the suspension order. Last Wednesday morning, DILG-7 regional Dir. Ananias Villacorta tried to serve the suspension order on Garcia, but she was not in her office when they came and her secretary refused to received the order.
They instead posted in her office the suspension order before proceeding to Magpale’s office to administer her oath as acting governor. /USJR Intern Michelle Joy L. Padayhag