Politician offers $40 Valentine’s Day allowance to single LG employees


On Friday, the mayor of a town in the southern Philippines offered a stipend to single local government employees to encourage them to date on Valentine’s Day.

Mayor Jason John Joyce said local government workers in Jose Abad Santos, south of Manila, would also be allowed to take time off on Valentine’s Day, which falls on Monday, once they have proof of a date.

Mr Joyce said no government funds would be used for the 2,000 peso ($40) date allowance, saying he would pay with his own money.

“It’s a small thing to share for the happiness of those who are still single,” he told ABS-CBN News.

Mr Joyce first announced the offer on February 8, via a Facebook post, asking “do you have a date on February 14 yet?”

Those wishing to go on leave and receive the allowance must prove they have an appointment on February 14, by submitting screenshots of social media messages or mobile phone text messages.

They must also provide “a photo of (their) actual date when they return to work on February 15”, otherwise they must reimburse the date allowance, the mayor said on his message.

Dates should not be with people they already have an existing relationship with or are married to, he added.

“I’ve had a lot of messages about this, but I haven’t received their proof yet,” Mr Joyce said, adding “The funny thing is that even residents of other places in the country want to join.”



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