Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio “Sonny” B. Coloma Jr. assured that the Aquino government has allotted sufficient funds for the Christmas bonus of all government employees especially now that the yuletide season has started.
In an ambush interview during his attendance to the “Pilipinas Natin” launching, here on Saturday, Coloma said that the much anticipated extra income by the civil servants would surely be released at a most proper time to provide additional support to their needs this Christmas season.
“Sa pagkaalam ko po ay mayroon namang nakalaan na pondo para diyan, hindi naman po ipagkakait iyan… tiyak na sa takdang panahon ay ipagkakaloob sa kanila (government employees) ang mga biyayang nararapat lamang na matanggap nila lalong-lalo na sa kapaskuhan,” Coloma said.
When asked when the bonus will be released, Coloma said the probability was within the second week of December.
“Kung ang pagbabatayan ay iyong nakaraang taon, siguro bago sumapit ang kalagitnaan ng buwan (December) matatanggap na yan,” Coloma said.
Prior to the interview, the PCOO chief led the launching of “Pilipinas Natin,” a developmental nationwide program of the Aquino administration focusing on further enhancing the partnership between the national and local government in nation-building. The program promotes the spirit of volunteerism in every Filipino especially the youth sector.
Pilipinas Natin also aims to uplift the lives of the people, specifically the underprivileged comprising the classes C and D of the society. The Pilipinas Natin program, spearheaded by the PCOO, is based on the Philippine Development Plan of the government, the formula for national reforms.