THE 19th Davao City Council passed on Thursday, December 5, the supplemental budget 2 (SB2) 2019 amounting to P902.15 million and half of it will be allocated for the bonuses of city government employees.
According to SB2 appropriations, 50 percent or a total of P457.74 million will be allocated for the general fund proper for the total of 2,494 employees.
Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, city council committee on finance chairperson, previously said each employee will be receiving P25,000 once the ordinance will be passed.
Dayanghirang also said the allocation of the bonuses was based on an issued Department of Budget and Management circular stating that government employees under a union should be given incentives through a collective negotiation agreement.
The councilor clarified that job orders are not included in the bonus allocation but the city has prepared other assistance for them this Christmas season.
Other allocations for the SB2 will be for the development fund with a total amount of P438.3 million.
Under the development fund include non-infrastructure projects such as social, economic, and environment development and infrastructure projects such as road development program, building and other structures, drainage programs, water system, and bridge program.
While P6.1 million will be allocated for the economic enterprises such as operation of markets, slaughterhouses, and cemeteries.
Councilor Bai Cassandra Dominique Advincula, committee vice chairperson, said SB2 budget will serve as an additional funding for these projects, which are currently ongoing.
“Nag-request ang CMO (City Mayor’s Office) na magdungag ta (og funds) para maka-operate atong mga markets, slaughterhouses, and also atong mga pending projects dili mangatanggong (The CMO requested additional funding for the operation of our markets, and slaughterhouses. Also as additional funding to pending city projects),” Advincula told reporters right after the regular session.
She said the funds are ready for allocation but they are just awaiting the nod of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
As to the timeframe of the allocation, she said it would depend on the city mayor when she will sign it.
“At least naa ta’y assurance nga kani nga budget naa na siya (At least we have an assurance that the budget is already there),” Advincula said.