Pnoy’s double standard on bonuses

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Erwin Tulfo

Erwin Tulfo

In his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July 2010, President Aquino lambasted the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) board for giving themselves hefty bonuses while its rank and file had to contend to meager paychecks and its customers have to wait in line just to get water.

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He said “umupo ka lang sa Board of Trustees at Board Committee meeting, katorse mil na. Aabot ng nobenta’y otso mil ito kada buwan. May grocery incentive pa sila na otsenta mil kada taon”, referring to the allowances that each MWSS board member gets.

“Hindi lang iyon. May mid-year bonus, productivity bonus, anniversary bonus, year- end bonus at financial assistance. May Christmas bonus na, may additional Christmas package pa,” the Chief Executive said in his first SONA.

Surprisingly, after three years in office, Mr. Aquino is singing a different tune when it comes to giving bonuses to government owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) under his administration.

A few weeks ago, reports came out that the Social Security System (SSS) board, headed by its President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio De Quiroz, had awarded themselves a little over P1 million each as performance bonus in 2012.

Almost all of the SSS members, including the rank and file employees, were up in arms upon learning of the bonuses even if the agency has yet to improve its services.

Many have complained about the long queues for registration of first time members, the never-ending wait for the approval of individual loans and benefits, and the unbelievable red tape on the processing of pensions of retirees.

In an interview shortly before his state visit to South Korea last week, Pres. Aquino justified the bonuses given to SSS top officials saying, “papaano kung maganda naman ang performance nun in terms of binabawasan yung losses? Kawawa naman yung mga nagpe-perform ng mabuti.”

Either Mr. Aquino was ill-advised or he does not have any idea what’s happening at the pension fund agency as he added, “the solidity of the (SSS) fund has been addressed through the efforts of the board and the personnel management of SSS.”

Huh??? “Ano raw”??? It would be wise Mr. President if you ask or research first before opening your mouth so that you would not sound stupid!

How the heck can SSS have a solid fund when it is asking for an increase of the contribution of its members in January next year from 10 percent to eleven percent deductible from their paychecks?

Mr. President, de Quiroz admitted last month that by 2037, the benefits and pensions of retirees may be affected if members’ premiums are not increased. In short, the SSS is not making money, for heaven’s sake! So why give bonuses to these nincompoop officials at SSS?

If its members do not get any bonuses or incentives, then it’s just proper that the bosses at SSS should not get a cent more for running the agency. After all, working in government service is a sacrifice for the love of country and people.

Most of us wonder, Mr. President, if these officials appointed by you should be entitled to big fat bonuses but those appointed by Gloria Arroyo were not?

FAIR IS FAIR, MR. AQUINO.

etulfo2011@yahoo.com

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  1. Emilio de Quiroz (or de Quiros) is supposedly the sibling of a reputed PNoy supporter in media. The previous MWSS Administrator and target of PNoy’s ire, the late OIC Macra Cruz, was replaced by Gerardo Esquivel who was one of the biggest contributors to Aquino’s campaign. And suddenly, PNoy accepts Esquivel’s explanation for *his* own massive bonuses and excessive hiring of consultants.

    It’s not a double standard at all. Both allies are being treated equally . . .

  2. IBA SI CUISIA KUMIKITA SA GOBYERNO NATIN BILANG US AMBASSADOR AT HINDI BUMABABA NA 500,000.00 PESOS MONTHLY GALING SA HONORARIUM NYA SA MGA PRIBADONG CORPORASYON, TUWING BOARD MEETINGS. SAGOT NYA, TELECONFERENCING DAW GINAGAWA NYA. EXPLICITLY CONFLICT OF INTERESTS. MAHIYA KA NAMAN. SOS NOYNOY! ANO BA?

  3. joebert banderas on

    hindi lang sss malaki pa daw yung sa dbp at gsis,matatakaw talaga sa pera itong mga govt officials natin, puro nalang pakinabang sa sarili wala ng maaasahan ang taong bayan na maiangat sa kahirapan,gusto pa nila malugmok e.

  4. Sir, BS Aquino is so obsessed with his temporary power that he is forgetting what he said or what he should do in performance of his duties. In short, PNoy is still drooping in the dark even after 3 years in his temporary position. Understandably he will protect what his men do or not do, that simple. In the case of Emilio de Quiroz, for sure PNoy will protect him to high heavens considering he is the brother of the most yellow columnist in the country today, regardless Emilio is a very bad political appointee.

  5. Bonus is not proper for people who work in GOCC like SSS, MWSS, etc. Some people just get a peso salary per year for their services for “love of country” as the writer have said.

    If these people wanted bonus, they should work in the private sector. The salaries and bonuses of the people who work in the private sector is not bound by rules or ethics. They are answerable to the stockholders of the company.

    If President Aquino assailed the bonus of the administrators of the GOCC when Arroyo was president, Aquino should not allow these to happen in his administration. His administration is no different from Arroyo administration and other past administrations.
    Bulok din ang administration mo.