BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
A performance-based bonus (PBB) will be given to employees of Bacolod City this Yuletide season for the first time.
This was announced in a radio interview by Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia Thursday, who said that the city has already allotted a budget of PBB for the employees even before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
The PBB will depend on the salary grade of the employee and it will be given on top of the Collective Negotiation Agreement, cash gift and Christmas bonuses, Leonardia said.
He said this is the first time in so many years that the city government will distribute PBB to the employees because, in previous years, the Department of the Interior and Local Government did not allow it.
Under the rules of the DILG, to qualify for the PBB, a local government unit must meet all conditions set by the government, achieve at least 90 percent of each performance target set, and submit accomplishment report, among others.
Leonardia explained that the basis for the DILG’s allowing Bacolod to distribute PBB was the city’s achievements last year, that included the Seal of Excellence of Good Governance award it received.
Bacolod was the only city in Western Visayas to receive the Seal last year, aside from being a nominee as a business-friendly LGU.
Leonardia said, he hopes that Bacolod’s progress continues after the pandemic as the city is already on the right track.
He said there has been an increase in business registration in Bacolod before the onset of the pandemic with a total 25,627 registration by the end of 2019.
Meanwhile, the Ayala Capitol Central offered a five square-meter space for the city’s one-stop-shop business registration for 2020.
Leonardia noted that the space will be more conducive and that social-distancing will surely be followed as the area is spacious, compared to holding the business registration at the Bacolod Government Center. He said this is also the first time that the business registration will be held in a mall because when it started a few years back, they conduct this activity at the Bacolod Youth and Arts Center.*