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Guaynabo muni employees receive bonus for pandemic work

Guaynabo Mayor Ángel Pérez Otero

By John McPhaul

About 1,800 Guaynabo municipal employees received special payment known as Premium Pay for working in person during the public health emergency caused by COVID-19, Mayor Ángel Pérez Otero announced Tuesday.

The payments, the mayor specified, were as much as $3,000 to employees who worked in person and at risk during the public health crisis. The funds come from commonwealth and municipal coronavirus fiscal recovery funds, and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

“This economic compensation recognizes the effort, dedication and commitment of our municipal employees who left their families to assist and serve citizens in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic,” Pérez Otero said. “Their work helped the municipal administration in prevention efforts and today we recognize that execution,” Pérez Otero.

Total pay reached $3.3 million and impacted 1,722 employees. As an initiative of the mayor, another 72 managerial employees, who due to their salary were not included in the payment, as established by federal statute, received an incentive from the ordinary funds of the municipality that reached a total of $156,496. With that figure, the total payment for the hours worked amounted to $3.5 million.

ARPA, signed by President Joseph Biden, earmarked $1.9 trillion for the recovery of states and territories due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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