Council seeks DILG’s opinion on termination of brgy. workers

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Sunday, October 3, 2010


THE Cebu City Council has referred to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) the allegedly unjust deduction of the monthly honorarium and the illegal termination of some officials and workers in one of the city’s barangays.

Kinsang-an Barangay Councilor Lorna Cabugao and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) chairman Apple Joy Solbrilla were allegedly given a 50 percent reduction of their honorarium by their barangay captain, Susan Enriquez.

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This was allegedly for their failure to attend their session without filing a leave of absence.

Cabugao, in her letter to the council, which was referred to the committee on laws, questioned the Enriquez’s move and asked why they were the only ones deducted when there were five council members absent from the session.

Solbrilla said the deduction was illegal as they did not receive any memorandum informing them of any session.

Gender development

Also, two of Kinsang-an’s gender and development (GAD) focal persons were said to be illegally terminated by Enriquez.

GAD workers Annabelle and Juvelyn Briones said the termination of their appointment was not approved by the majority of the barangay council and some of the council members still want them to keep their job.

They said the barangay captain wants them out “because of personal matters.”

Sun.Star Cebu tried to get the comment of Enriquez but calls were left unanswered.

Councilor Edgardo Labella, who chairs the council’s committee on laws, said in his report the deduction of the honorarium due to absence without official leave was agreed on by the Kinsang-an barangay council.

Honorarium

But Labella noted there is no barangay document that shows rules and regulations in imposing the deduction of the honorarium without the proper filing of the leave of absence.

He said the Local Government Code is “silent” on honorarium deduction.

For the termination of appointment, Labella said based on the letter and on the documents submitted to him, the nature and term of the appointment of the two GAD workers cannot be determined.

This prompted Labella during the city council’s regular session last Friday, with the approval of the council, to refer the problem to DILG for comments.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 03, 2010.

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