NegOcc Capitol to hike select nurses’ wages, assures salary increase for employees in 2022

PHOTO CAPTION: Governor Eugenio Lacson announced an early holiday treat for the more than 3,000 employees of the provincial government of Negros Occidental: Capitol nurses will enjoy an increase in their salaries while the other employees are assured of their own hike in wages by next year./iNews

BACOLOD CITY–It looks as though Negros Occidental provincial government nurses in particular and employees in general are in for a windfall soon.

This, after Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson announced that 69 nurses working in the provincial government will get salary upgrades, in compliance with the Department of Budget and Management circular modifying their positions: the Nurse 2 position is upgraded to Salary Grade 16 from salary Grade 15 with the corresponding pay increase.

Lacson said that implementing the salary adjustment would show the provincial government ensures the welfare of its health workers.

“We acknowledge the key role of nurses in the fight against COVID-19, and it is a necessity for the province to look after their needs and welfare,” he added.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental recently passed a resolution adopting DBM Budget Circular No. 2021-2 dated August 25, 2021, on the modification of nurse positions.

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson/iNews

Earlier, the governor said that all Capitol employees will also receive a salary increase starting in January next year, as provided in the second tranche of the Salary Standardization Law.

“Whatever is due our government employees, we will give,” Lacson said.

In a letter to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental, the governor bared that P1,752,715,730, or 30.65 percent of the proposed total budget, has been set aside for personal services of various Capitol offices for 2022.

Renelo Lastierre, president of the Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (PACE), said they have been assured the funds intended for the salary increases have already been programmed and are included in next year’s budget.

In fact, Lastierre said, the Capitol has started implementing the salary increase of employees, based on the Salary Standardization Law, since the start of this year.

All provincial government employees, both regular and casual, are already receiving salary hikes; the only difference is the security of tenure, he added. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNews-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)

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