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Bacolod employees ask Palace to probe P8M ‘aid’; Pati di miyembro ng unyon nakinabang

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An anti-graft group wants Malacanang to look into alleged irregularities in an P8-million financial assistance to the employees’ union of the Bacolod City government.

Task Force Kasanag questioned the aid to the Bacolod City Government Employees Union for a three-day Yearend Assessment Activity last Dec. 27 to 29.

In a letter request dated Jan. 6 and addressed to President Rodrigo Duterte, Task Force Kasanag national commander John Chiong said the “assessment” included a Christmas party where grocery items and cash were given to permanent, co-terminus, contractual, plantilla casual and job orders.

He said the recipients included both members and non-members of the union.

Chiong also noted that under a memorandum of agreement signed by Mayor Evelio Leonardia and BCGEU president Allyn Luv Dignadice, any suspension or disallowance by the Commission on Audit on the P8-million transaction should prompt the union to “return and/or refund the Bacolod City Government.”

For his part, City Councilor Wilson Gamboa asked Dignadice to submit to the Sangguniang Panlungsod within 15 days a detailed report on the financial assistance extended, outcome, and the accomplishment of its year-end assessment activity.

“Public funds were used in this activity and should be accounted for,” he said in his resolution Jan. 9.

Last December, Dignadice said the yearend assessment is conducted every year to evaluate the union and management’s accomplishments.

She said that on the first day, they had a management consultative meeting with the officers of the BCGEU as well as department heads and the management side.

On the second day, they discussed the possibility of renewing their Collective Negotiations Agreement, additional benefits for employees, and the possibility of providing the performance-based bonus for 2018.

Dignadice said they also have health care program, Provident Fund, and other projects.

On the other hand, Dignadice said the CNA bonus, which was maximized by the mayor, was based on the performance rating of each department offices as of Oct. 31.

She added they have reached more than the required target requested by the Department of Budget and Management, so they received a bonus of P25,000 each.

Dignadice said job order casual employees were also given gift packs during the activity.