Early Christmas gift

MORE than a Christmas gift the over 5,000 regular Quezon City government employees are sure to receive from their Santa Claus, Mayor Bistek Bautista, who gives the green light to implement effective January next year the third tranche of the salary standardization scheme.

As expected, the jubilant City Hall workers are all praises for their mayor as well as City Administrator Vic Endriga and City Treasurer Edgar Villanueva who are now preoccupied in preparing for the salary adjustments that need about P388-million from the city coffers to carry it out.

They say: “With such positive gesture from the mayor, we are now more inspired and dedicated to work for the betterment of the city as we are not left behind in terms of our interests and benefits as employees.”

Both Endriga and Villanueva have confirmed as to the capability of the city government to allocate the needed funds for the purpose, effectively meeting the requirements of the salary standardization law.

“We make sure the city government has sufficient funds to implement the salary adjustments for our hard-working and cooperative employees,” the officials say.

In granting the increase as a means of helping city hall employees cope up with day-to-day economic difficulties, the Bautista administration is just right on tack honoring its commitment to its employees.

Just wondering if other local government units are following the laws accordingly and if they haven’t yet, better they follow suit.

Anyway, that redounds to the interest of their employees who mostly are still struggling to live a modest living given the current economic woes that beset us.

New Hospital Rising in V’zuela

In northern metropolis, equally exultant are residents especially from the poor sector following the initiative of the local government to establish the P82 million, 50-bed three-storey Valen-zuela City West Emergency Hospital and Dialysis Center.

Mayor Win Gatchalian and younger brother Representative Rex Gatchalian, who has been touted to replace the former since he’s already on his third and last term, led other government officials at the recent groundbreaking and time capsulelaying at a 4, 000-square meter lot that’s adjacent to the Valenzuela City Astrodome in Barangay Dalandanan.

Set to operate after an eight-month construction period, the medical facility will take the place of the existing 20-bed Valenzuela City Emergency Hospital in Barangay Poblacion, city officials say.

To be built on higher ground to ease the constituents from flooding compared to the current condition that the VCEH goes through during rainy season, the new hospital which will boast of its advanced medical equipment is expected to offer services at a minimal fee to local residents especially to underprivileged citizens.

With the way the Gatchalian brothers gear the city towards remarkable progress as shown by bigger revenues it generates out of impressive and massive tax collections over the years, there’s no way other politicians can replace them. Believe me.

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