Capitol workers appeal to lawmakers to pass 2012 budget

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Monday, February 27, 2012


BORONGAN CITY - Officials and employees of the Provincial Government of Eastern Samar have appealed to some members of the Provincial Board to withdraw the petition they filed to nullify the P662.76 million 2012.

The officials and employees said that to nullify this year’s budget is to stop the implementation of the salary increase and in effect would affect their premium contributions to GSIS, PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG.

“We have long been waiting for the implementation of the third tranche of the monthly salary schedule for local government personnel. Now that the 2012 budget has already been enacted and approved to implement 50 percent increase of our salaries, a petition has been filed to prevent its implementation,” the appeal reads.

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Provincial Board Members Aldwin Uy-Aklao, Byron Suyot, Enerio Sabulao, Jenny Baldono, Beatriz Reyes and Joji Montallana filed before the court a petition for prohibition against the enforcement of Appropriations Ordinances No. 19 and 20. The board members also sought for the nullification of the ordinances.

Named respondents were Governor Conrado Nicart, Jr., Vice Gov. Christopher Sheen Gonzales, Board Members Gergorio Cabacaba, Jonas Abuda, Celestino Cabato, Sol Angelie Libanan, Mark Pol Gonzales, Floro Balato, Sr., Welgielyn Acol; Budget officer Necitas Ponferrada, Accountant Vener Dulfo and Treasurer Dario Alde.

The petitioners are questioning as to the required majority vote so that an appropriation ordinance is validly enacted.

In the questioned ordinances, it turned out that seven members of the Provincial Board were in favor while six voted against its enactment.

Nicart, meanwhile, said he will just have to wait for the decision of the court but admitted the implementation of various programs and projects for the province is being hampered by the petition.

“It is the people of Eastern Samar that will suffer. I hope the court would decide in favor of the majority because it is their welfare that would be affected,” Nicart said.

Nicart said he already tried to solve the problem by meeting the provincial legislative officials but other board members filed the petition instead. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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