Mike hires Alvin, Tony as consultants-A A +A
Thursday, October 10, 2013
FORMER mayor Alvin Garcia and former congressman Antonio Cuenco are the new consultants under the Office of the Mayor.
The Cebu City Council approved the contracts of services of the former officials, with Garcia appointed as consultant on waterfront development, while Cuenco is the consultant on matters involving sister-cities, both international and domestic.
They will both receive a consultancy pay of P18,000 a month but subject to the availability of funds.
(Disclosure: Atty. Garcia serves on the board of Sun.Star Publishing Inc.)
There were six new consultants hired under the Office of the Mayor, which means a monthly pay of P108,000, while P54,001 will be needed for the monthly renumeration of newly appointed consultants under the different Offices of the City Councilor representing six consultants getting a monthly pay of P9,000 and one that will receive P1.
The contracts are from July 1 to Dec. 31 of this year.
There were also 17 consultants that were renewed under the Office of the Mayor with a total monthly pay of P293,000. Of these, 15 will be getting the P18,000 maximum pay for consultants, one will receive P15,000 and another one will get P8,000.
There were also 11 consultants renewed under the different councilors with a total renumeration of P99,000.
This would mean that P554,001 will be needed every month just to pay the 40 consultants.
Because some councilors are concerned about the inequality of the pay, the body decided to refer the matter to the committee on budget and finance and the Office of
the City Administrator with the possibility of increasing the consultancy pay.
Meanwhile, the Cebu City Council wants to thoroughly review the executive department’s proposed P256-million second supplemental budget (SB 2) for the City Government this year.
This, while Mayor Michael Rama had certified the proposed additional budget to be urgent as it will cover necessary expenses of the City for the remaining months of the year.
The items to be funded under the proposed SB 2 include, among others, P46.8 million payables; P20 million for garbage disposal and collection; P10 million for the supply of gasoline, oil and lubricants; and P14.7 million aid of the barangays to the
Commission on Elections for the conduct of the upcoming Oct. 28 polls.
During their regular session yesterday, the council’s committee on budget and finance headed by Osmeña wanted the City’s local finance committee to explain the SB 2’s fund sources.
As certified by Acting City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas and Acting City Accountant Josefina Gonzales, the source of funds for the SB 2 are the P106 million estimated collection from business taxes as well as P12.7 million Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA)
difference from 2000 to 2001 and IRA difference from 2001 to 2004.
Other revenue sources included P36 million realignment from 2010 to 2011 continuing appropriations, 2012 retained operating surplus amounting to P41 million, P46 million from the 2010 reversion of accounts payable and P5 million from the reversion of prior year’s accounts.
Aside from the fund source, Osmeña, in a committee report, asked the local finance committee to submit budget documents that are needed for the council’s SB 2 review.
This includes list of the City’s payables, list of approve vouchers for check issuance and disbursement vouchers subject for fund certification from the City Treasurer’s Office.
It also includes the breakdown of the reversion of accounts payables from the prior years, a copy of the City’s bank reconciliation report every month starting January to September this year, and a certification from the Department of Engineering and Public Works that infrastructure projects due for realignment have not yet started.
The projects that are to be realigned include construction of artesian wells (P2 million), improvement of the Cebu City Women’s and Family Affairs Commission Office (P1 million), repair and construction of drainage system (P2 million) and construction of steel posts in the center islands at the North Reclamation Area (P15 million), among others.
The council then asked the local finance committee to submit all the documents on Oct. 14 during the SB 2 budget hearing.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 10, 2013.