AFTER 18 long years, school employees in Makati City will finally receive their delayed allowances this week, to which they have been entitled since 1998.
Makati Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña Jr. signed a resolution last month to earmark a P117-million supplemental budget as payment for back allowances, deprived from 1998 to 2014.
About 3,250 teaching and non-teaching personnel in the city’s 29 elementary and secondary schools will benefit from the budget.
The first batch of schools which will be receiving the back allowances are Bangkal Elementary School with 28 personnel, Makati Pre-School Division with 34 personnel and Nicanor C. Garcia Sr. Elementary School with 26 staff members.
The highest allowance to be given to personnel amounts to P104,338, while the lowest is P6,000.
These schools had complied with the documentary requirements early, resulting in the processing of their back allowances ahead of the rest. However, allowances will be released as soon as the claims are processed.
In addition to the back allowances, the mayor also approved a P132.5 million budget for the renovation and improvement of public school buildings and P149.7 million for tablet PCs, among others.
The release of back allowances comes amid the campaign period for local candidates.
Peña is running for mayor in Makati, against Congresswoman Mar-Len Abigail Binay and art director-instructor Jimmy “Jimboy” Jumawan.