MANILA – Makati councilors have agreed to provide financial assistance to their staff while their salaries are on hold as acting Makati Mayor Romulo Peña's refused to sign checks and payroll vouchers of the Sangguniang Panlungsod.
In a statement, Makati Councilor Marie Alethea Casal-Uy said "The members of the City Council have agreed to provide temporary relief to our staff who are now burdened by the delay in the release of their salaries.”
“Even though we, too, have not received our salaries, we cannot ignore their plight, as some of them already came to us crying while some even brought along their children to seek help," Uy said.
Uy said the councilors will be giving each of their staff financial aid from P3,000 to P5,000 out of their own pockets. She also called on Pena to respect the employees’ rights to receive salaries on time.
"We are appealing to Peña to respect our employees' right to receive their salaries on time. As frontline public servants of the Sanggunian, they have duly rendered their services and willfully denying them their wages is an injustice to them and their families," Uy said.