By Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – City Administrator Lucille Gelvolea said that the city government is in the process of streamlining the processing of the salaries of the Job Order (JO) employees of the city government.
Gelvolea said this is to avoid a repeat of what happened last month where some JOs did not received their salaries.
Concerns of the JO employees came out on social media lamenting that they had a sad New Year because their salaries for December 2023 were not released.
“We are streamlining the process so that what happened last month will not happen again,” Gelvolea said.
She explained earlier that not all of the JOs were affected as “they are only those who are under the Department of Public Services and the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office.”
Gelvoleo said the December 2023 salary of some of the JOs was delayed because the cut- off date of their duty was December 30, 2023 which was a holiday.
But she assured that the delayed salaries will be released this week.
She also said that as far as the gratuity of P5,000 for the JOs is concern this was released last month.
There are 400 JOs under the DPS and 276 assigned with the BTAO out of the total 4800 JO employees hired by the city government for 2023.
Gelvoleo said the 12-step process for releasing the salaries of the JO employees was reduced to four after it was taken up in a meeting with department heads and Mayor Alfredo “Albee” Benitez last Monday.
“We are working on releasing their salaries at the earliest possible time,” she added.
She also that they are also working on the document tracking system of the city government so that it would be easier to track the papers.
Gelvoleo further said that the city government will soon shift to the biometric system so that all the Daily Time Records including that of the JO employees will be computerized except those who are assigned in the field who will still have to do it manually.
” Para indi na kmi magtangla sa langit if what time we come in and what time we go out,” she pointed out.