City has enough funds for incentives

By ARMANDO B. FENEQUITO JR.
The city budget office has assured the city council that every office are enough funds for the productivity incentive of city government employees who will receive them this month.
City budget officer Ermelinda L. Furog told the council in yesterday’s regular session that most offices have savings. She said that there are savings of P71 million from the personal service savings and P100 million from the maintenance and other operating expenses of all city government offices.
Furog explained that the savings come from the amount provided for salaries and other benefits of every office and these were derived from savings or appropriations provided for vacant positions.
“This benefit will only need P74.1 million,” Furog said adding that an estimated P45.9 million will go to plantilla personnel.
During the presentation, councilor Bonifacio Militar asked Furog why the Local Finance Committee (LFC) did not state the computation and savings in the letter forwarded to the council.
“I have to inquire because I observed that there’s a budget attached to it, ” Bonifacio stressed.
Furog replied that they are still computing the budget appropriation for this incentive.
“What the city mayor has requested for is to adopt the rate (of incentives),” replied Furog.
Yet, Militar stressed that because there are no computations attached to the request they cannot say that the amount of the appropriation is too much.
However, the city council decided to adopt the rates from the request of the LRC for the productivity enhancement of incentive of the city government.
With the approval, plantilla personnel will each receive P10,000; P5,000 for consultants and personnel classified under job order or contract of service, and P2,000 for the grant-in-aid day care workers, barangay health workers, barangay nutrition scholars and auxiliary personnel.
The resolution further stipulated that an employee will be entitled to the full amount set by the LFC if he/she already served at least four months within January 1 to October 31, 2013.
For personnel who served less than four months, will also receive a prorated incentive with plantilla personnel who served three months entitled to P4,000 while those who served two months are entitled to P3,000. For consultants, job orders who had served at least three months, they will receive P2,000, and those who served two months will receive P1,200.
The incentives for all personnel will be released not earlier than December 16 but not later than December 24, 2013.

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