City ‘unable’ to pay BEOs’ honoraria

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Thursday, December 5, 2013


CEBU City’s 362 barangay environmental officers (BEOs) have not received their honoraria since July.

The honoraria were not released because the City Treasurer's Office, until yesterday, has not signed a certificate of availability of funds (CAF).

This prompted Councilor Nida Cabrera to sponsor a resolution for the release of close to P8.7 million for the honoraria of 362 BEOs for July to December this year.

Cabrera said this should be prioritized.

Less than an hour after Cabrera filed her resolution, she received the CAF, signed by City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas, for the P8.7 million honoraria of BEOs.

Delay

The delay in the release of BEOs’ honoraria added fuel to suspicions of some councilors that the City Government is cash-strapped.

The honoraria for the BEOs were included in the P109.5-million second supplemental budget (SB 2). These were taken from the approved P9.6 million miscellaneous services for the Cebu City Environmental Sanitation Enforcement.

Councilor Margarita Osmeña said SB 2 was approved with a certification from the City Treasurer's Office that funds were available. The certification was even for P256 million but only less than half was approved.

Also included in the appropriation are the salaries of eight job-order (JO) personnel working in the composting projects in Barangays Talamban, Kalunasan and Guba under the Cebu City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CCENRO).

A separate resolution was sponsored by Cabrera for the charging of P295,680 under the same item, miscellaneous services for environmental sanitation, as wages of the JOs.

A CAF for this was signed earlier.

Meanwhile, Cabrera said the barangay captains of Bonbon, Budlaan, Pulangbato and Tabunan complained that the Office of the Mayor did not approve the BEOs they have endorsed.

Bacayan Barangay Captain Armando Borces formalized the request through a letter to Cabrera, asking for intercession in the appointment of BEOs.

The village chief requested that appointments for BEOs and their daily time card be signed by the barangay captain concerned.

The barangay captains want to closely monitor and oversee the work of BEOs.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 05, 2013.

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