May 23, 2024

The city council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance providing death and burial assistance for the officials and employees of the local government and appropriating funds for the said purpose.

Under the proposed ordinance authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr., it aims to provide financial assistance to local government officials and employees when death occurs in their family during the period of their employment.

The ordinance shall apply to all city government officials and employees who receive salaries and remunerations from the local government, provided the recipient rendered at least one year of continuous service.

The proposed ordinance states the local government shall provide financial assistance for the death of a family member to be given to his or her beneficiaries – P20,000 for those who rendered more than one year but below 10 years of service; P25,000 to those who rendered more than 10 years but below 15 years of service; P30,000 to those who rendered more than 15 years but below 20 years of service; P35,000 for those who rendered more than 20 years but below 25 years of service; P40,000 for those who rendered more than 30 years but below 35 years of service; and P50,000 for those who rendered more than 35 years of service.

For the death of any member of their immediate family, the government official or worker shall receive P5,000 while for death of any incumbent or previous elected official, his or her beneficiary shall receive P50,000.

The ordinance tasked the City Human Resource Management Office to prepare a master list of eligible recipient employees based on the pertinent provisions of the proposed measure and the same shall be submitted to the City Mayor’s Office for ready reference.

The ordinance provided the City Mayor’s Office, through the City Treasurer, shall award the assistance to the beneficiary in a fitting occasion.

The ordinance added on the first year of its implementation, the funds to be used for the said assistance shall be allocated out of the City Mayor’s Office funds for grants and donations or from any available source, provided that, on the succeeding years, the City Budget Office shall prepare the annual appropriations for the same based on the approved list of recipient employees chargeable under the appropriations for other personal benefits or against any appropriate account. – PIO release