November 11, 2021

There’s nothing wrong with the policy of “no vax, no Christmas bonus.”

Malacanang said on Tuesday that Cebu City acting mayor Michael Rama’s stance of “no vaccine, no Christmas bonus” is correct.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque declared in a virtual press conference that a Christmas bonus is not required.

“Wala po akong nakikitang pagkakamali diyan, kasi ang pinag-uusapan po ang Christmas bonus.” Ang batas na magbigay ng Christmas bonus po hindi naman naman naman naman naman naman naman naman na Ang requirement sa mga taong gobyerno ay 13th and 14th month pay (I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that because we’re talking about Christmas bonus). The distribution of Christmas bonuses is not required by law. The 13th month compensation and the 14th month pay are necessary for government employees),” Roque explained.

On Monday, Rama announced that Cebu City Hall staff will receive PHP20,000 as a Christmas bonus if they all get vaccinated against the coronavirus sickness in 2019. (Covid-19).

Rama’s action is expected to bolster Cebu City’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign.

Rama’s strategy, according to Roque, is suitable for persuading more individuals to get immunized against the coronavirus.

“Because the Christmas bonus is optional, pupuwedeng gamitin po iyan kabahagi ng incentive para makapagbakuna ang mas marami sa atin (Because the Christmas bonus is discretionary, that policy might be designed to vaccinate more people),” he explained.

By 2021, the Philippines hopes to have vaccinated 70% of its population.

As of Monday, 64,947,366 Covid-19 vaccination jabs have been administered across the country.

Around 29,809,085 people have been fully protected against the coronavirus, with 35,138,281 people receiving the first dosage of the vaccination.

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