Angeles exec denies ‘railroading’ budget approval-A A +A
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Alexander Indiongco clarified Monday that the ordinance approving the city’s P20-million supplemental budget underwent the required legislative process, even as he denied allegations of opposition Councilor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. that the approval of the budget was "railroaded."
Indiongco, committee chair on finance and appropriations said the city's supplemental budget no. 3 was approved on three readings and referred to his committee for review where department and program heads concerned were invited to explain their supplemental appropriations.
"In fact even before the passing of the SB (supplemental budget), the council already passed a resolution for a supplemental budget for the salaries of job order workers, and the resolution was unanimously approved, which included the three opposition councilors," he said.
He said that the members of minority bloc of the City Council, Councilors Max Sangil, Carmelo Lazatin Jr. and Bryan Matthew Nepomuceno were present in all proceedings relating to the review of the supplemental budget.
"We should not unduly sacrifice our small workers who failed to get their salaries on time just because of our political affiliations," he said.
"Sana hindi kami idinadamay sa pulitika nila, pati kami naiipit," bewailed Megs Simeon, a job order employee, working with the One Million Trees project.
A lot of job order workers whose children are in college raised howl over the delay of the salaries as they were not able to pay for the final exams for their children.
In response to Lazatin's statement on newspaper reports, Indiongco said it was only the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) who failed to submit its program of work on time.
"The other offices were prompt in submitting their respective programs of work to the Sanggunian secretariat and copies were even provided to the committee members," Indiongco said.
He added that if his colleagues need City Gouncil documents for review, all they have to do is to instruct their staff to request and get copies to the secretariat.
With regards to the issue raised on "exorbitant overtime pay" extended to the personnel of the City Treasurer’s Office, Indiongco explained that such appropriation is needed to pay the services that will be performed.
“We are giving them overtime pay because of two major events: the preparations for and the actual conduct of the October 28 barangay elections wherein the CTO plays a major role and the expected overtime work that will be rendered to process payments of real property taxes where majority of Angeles City residents always pay early to avail of the discount,” he said.
Indiongco, however, stressed that the overtime pay shall be paid according to work done.
"Councilor Lazatin's computation of overtime pay is misleading. The P29,000 for one middle employee is good for three months or just a little over P9,500 per month, which is only around 30 percent of the gross monthly pay of the said personnel," he said.
The maximum allowable overtime pay of any government employee is not more than 50 percent of his or her annual basic salary.
He added that the amount appropriated may still not suffice considering the employees will even be required to work during the holidays.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 16, 2013.