House employees to receive ₱35,000 bonus in September

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(File photo) Plenary, House of Representatives

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 3) — Employees at the House of Representatives will receive a bonus worth ₱35,000 in September to get through "taghirap months," the House speaker said Monday.

House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said she was told by someone from the lower chamber that August and September are financially difficult months, resulting in the increased number of loan applications.

"Somebody from Congress told me that August and September are, to use his words, 'taghirap months' kasi raw walang extra na natatanggap [because they do not receive any extra compensation]. Kaya kapag [That's why during] August and September, ang daming [there's a lot of] applications for loans," Arroyo said during a flag raising ceremony Monday morning.

Last month, employees also received ₱5,000 grocery allowance.

"Well, last August, with the hardwork of Accounts Committee chairman Yedda Romualdez, you received a grocery allowance of ₱5,000. This month, with the even harder work of Cong. Yedda Romualdez, I have been able to authorize the release of ₱35,000," she said.

The House Speaker expressed her gratitude to the employees for their hard work, noting how they worked on her bills and took care of her congressional office.

She also thanked them for "adjusting well" when the House changed leadership.

Arroyo said with the help and support of the House workforce, she foresees a productive year with the House under her watch.

"Fortunately, we are not starting from zero because the President's legislative agenda has already been laid out. We just have to roll up our sleeves and get as much done as possible under my watch," she said.