Rama OKs release of Christmas bonuses to all vaxxed, unvaxxed City Hall workers

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CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, has ordered the release of Christmas bonuses to City Hall employees and cash aid to persons with disabilities (PWDs) and senior citizens even if the beneficiary is not yet vaccinated against Covid-19.

The mayor issued the statement four days after Typhoon Odette (Rai) hit the 80 barangays of the city and other local government units in Cebu on Thursday night, Dec. 16, 2021.

Rama wants those unvaccinated beneficiaries to write and submit a promissory note that they will get their Covid-19 jabs next year before they receive their yearend bonuses for the City Hall employees and financial assistance for PWDs and the elderly.

“Tanan ihatag, City Hall, PWD and senior citizens. Ang pangutana: Kadtong dili magpabakuna? Pasuwata lang sila og promissory note,” he said.

(All will be given to City Hall employees, PWDs and senior citizens. One may ask: How about those who are not getting their vaccine jabs? Just let them sign a promissory note.)

The house-to-house distribution of the P3,000 cash aid to senior citizens will start Tuesday, Dec. 21, until all eligible recipients will get their aid.

As for the PWDs, the distribution of their financial assistance began last Dec. 11, five days before the onslaught of Typhoon Odette.

Rama had ordered that the Christmas bonuses of over 9,000 City Hall employees be released only if all of them had already been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.

He had also ordered that PWDs and senior citizens who were already inoculated be prioritized in the distribution of the financial assistance.

Each of the City Hall employees will possibly receive the P20,000 Christmas bonus by Thursday, Dec. 23 or Friday, Dec. 24, after the City Government’s cleanup drive in 80 barangays on Wednesday, Dec. 22.

Rama said the City Government will hold the cleanup drive in lieu of the traditional Christmas party. (PAC)

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