Roque: It’s up to Cabinet to donate their bonus to typhoon-hit victims

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It will be up to members of the Duterte Cabinet to decide whether they will donate their Christmas bonus to victims in typhoon-hit areas, according to Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque who “voluntarily” donated a month’s worth of his salary to Theology students.

“Whether or not members of Cabinet donate, it’s up to them. Yesterday, I donated one month’s worth of my salary to a divinity school to support poor but deserving students of Theology,” Roque said in a Palace briefing.

Last April, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said many of the members of the Cabinet volunteered to donate their monthly salary to help the government’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. He said he donated his own salary.

Recently, Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor, chair of the House Public Accounts Committee, said some 1.5 million government workers will receive their Christmas bonus equivalent to a month’s salary–plus PHP5,000 cash gift starting this week.

The Christmas bonus is based on RA 11466, the Salary Standardization 5 Act which stipulates that such yearend bonus will be given every November. Once funds are already available, Defensor said agencies could begin giving the bonus on Nov. 15.

Under RA 11466, the salary adjustment will be implemented in four tranches from 2020 to 2023. The biggest increases, ranging from 20% to 30% or an average of 23.24% every year until 2023, would apply to state  workers under Salary Grades 10 to 15.

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