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UP janitor finally gets retirement pay

Posted by Abi Kwok on February 11, 2009

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 19:21:00 02/11/2009

Filed Under: Civil & Public Services

MANILA, Philippines—From 92 centavos to P32,000.

Retired University of the Philippines (UP) janitor Meliton Zamora will finally get what he deserves in retirement benefits, after a review made by the Civil Service Commission.

Zamora retired from UP in 2006 at the age of 64 and got a check amounting to 92 centavos for his four decades of work.

Zamora received less than P1 as retirement pay apparently because of 501 sick leave days.

But a review made by CSC Assistant Commissioner Anicia Marasigan-De Lima and UP officials revealed that Zamora already had a five-year lump sum benefit but his terminal leave pay, or the cash value of his accumulated unused leave credits, for 41 years of service was erroneously computed.

Zamora contested the computation of his terminal leave pay from March 1970 to December 31, 1993.

After another check, records revealed that Zamora has remaining 95.041 unused or leave credits with a cash equivalent of P32,610.75, de Lima said.

The CSC asked UP officials to pay Zamora the corresponding amount.

De Lima said Zamora can now claim his check at UP anytime.

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