Gov’t to issue $70.9 million in Christmas bonuses Dec. 3
By John McPhaul
Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia announced on Tuesday a disbursement of $70.9 million for the payment of the Christmas bonus for public employees on Friday, Dec. 3.
Likewise, he announced that this Friday, Nov. 26, following Thanksgiving, a day off will be granted for Puerto Rico government employees.
“That time of year has come when we organize ourselves financially to fulfill our responsibilities and also celebrate the holidays that are already so close,” Pierluisi said in a written statement. “For this reason, and in anticipation of many, we announce to government employees that the Christmas bonus will be delivered on Dec. 3.”
Friday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, and Friday, Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve, will also be granted as days off, as will Friday, Jan. 7, the day after Three Kings Day, the governor added.
Pierluisi stressed that the aforementioned days off will not apply to agencies that provide essential services. Each agency must determine which departments will continue to work to guarantee citizens’ access to its services.
The governor noted that “during Christmas, we all stop or pause to take advantage of quality time with our people and this year is no exception, even more so when we maintain low statistics for COVID-19 infections, which allows a little more flexibility to share memorable moments with our people.”
“We urge our employees to take advantage of these days to recharge their batteries and enjoy this long-awaited holiday season, always remembering the necessary preventive measures to avoid infection,” he said.