Hire and Fire-A A +A
At Close Range
Thursday, September 19, 2013
LOCAL government units (LGUs) have annual budgets for personnel services: regular or permanent, casual and job order contract holders (JOs), the latter having no employer-employee relationship with the LGU and therefore may be removed or diseanged anytime at the behest of the appointing power.
In the case of Mabalacat City, several individuals were given separation notices in August, citing the Commission on Audit (COA) comment as overtopping the Personnel Services (PS) limit as reason for their exit. I opted not to use the word termination, for obvious reasons.
Whether or not the separation is timely or appropriate, it is for the powers-that-be to ascertain or decide, the difficult decision coming just a few months before the Christmas celebrations. For the separated, what is there to celebrate, they asked. It is a hard task to dispense, this act of severance of individuals from their duties or tasks they have been accustomed to, for years for some.
The crux of the matter is financial. Would the finances be enough to pay the compensation/wages of a, say, hundred workers?
To the credit of the members of the city's Local Finance Committee, they are observant and compliant to the suggestions/observations of the COA. As much as allowable, so they claim, they are trying to match available funds to thebi-monthly requirements of workers. It is indeed a tough decision to make, as the COA now requires their physical presence and actual appearance, especially the JOs. It is no wonder therefore that Jun Magbalot, the Internal Control head and concurrent GSO chief, is faced with dizzying challenges of hiring and firing, along with the local chief executive, Mayor Boking Morales.
One for education. There is indeed no stopping the city's thrust to gain headway into the improvement of education of the city residents of Mabalacat. Last Monday, Dr. Rolando Buan formalized the turnover by way of donation, a one hectare property at Madapdap Resettlement Center to the city government, the same to be used as extension or satellite office of the Mabalacat City College, a tertiary institution offering bachelor's degrees in Education, Hospitality Management, Customs Administration, Hotel and Restaurant Management and Information Technology. Other courses may be offered at the City College which is under the supervision of hardworkingDr. Nards Canlas. The new office will provide convenience to residents of Dapdap, Mawaque and nearby areas. Mayor Boking Morales envisions more improvements for the city college, one of his flagship projects.
Local development council. Last week, Mayor Boking Morales convened the members of the city's local development council in compliance with what the law requires. Under Section 106, Title Six of the Local Government Code, it is provided thus: "Each local government unit shall have a comprehensive multi-sectoral development plan to be initiated by its development council and approved by its sanggunian. For this purpose, the development council at the provincial, city, municipal or barangay level, shall assist the corresponding sanggunian in setting the corresponding sanggunian in setting the direction of economic and social development and coordinating development efforts within its territorial jurisdiction".
Under Section 107, the composition of the local development council shall be as follows: (a) The barangay development council shall be headed by the punong barangay and shall be composed of the following members:
(1) members of the sangguniang barangay; (2) representatives of nongovernmental organizations operating in the barangay, who shall constitute not less than one fourth of the members of the fully organized council; and (3) a representative of the congressman; (b) The city or municipal development council shall be headed by the mayor and shall be composed of the following members: (1) all punong barangays in the city or municipality; (2) the chairman of the committee on appropriations of the sangguniang panlungsod or sangguniang bayan concerned; (3) the congressman or his representative; and (4) representatives of nongovernmental organizations operating in the city or municipality, as the case may be, who shall constitute not less than one-fourth of the members of the fully organized council.
The attendance sheet of the September 13 meeting shows that only five of the city's 27 punong barangays were absent. More on the local development councils in the next issue of At Close Range.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 20, 2013.