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Diaz: Capitol may defer salary hike

THE capitol employees may not receive their salary increase this year.

Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz II revealed that the release of salary increase depends on the availability of funds of the said local government unit.

Diaz revealed that the provincial government has a deficit in 2019 which is pegged at P280 million because of the reduction of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) and that the Economic Enterprise and Development Department also failed to hit its income projection.

The provincial government has received the guidelines for the new Salary Standardization Law Tuesday and that the matter would be discussed by Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and the finance cluster of the province, Diaz added.

Capitol has already exceeded the ceiling for Personnel Services, Diaz further revealed.

This is the reason why we are also eyeing another approach which is to hire only Job Order employees rather than permanent and casual employees especially at the hospitals run and managed by the province, he bared.

Another approach being eyed by the capitol is putting under the EEDD the four hospitals in Kabankalan City, Cadiz City, Silay City and Valladolid from the General Fund. “We are discussing the matter with former Cong. Alfredo Benitez who is now a Capitol consultant,” Diaz added.

He said that they are finalizing the plans to make sure that they abide by the DBM guidelines on salary increase.

Diaz though revealed that the province has minimal savings. “We have the savings. It’s not negative but our savings is not that big,” Diaz stressed.

He said that he has asked the personnel at the Accounting and Treasurer’s Offices to focus on the collection because of the fact that the P180 million projection for 2019 was not realized. The collection was only P47 million, he said.

“We are still a province that is IRA dependent,” Diaz added.

Diaz also revealed that Negros First CyberCentre’s income cannot compensate yet for its amortization.

Further he said he wondered why up to this time the Treasurer’s Office has not yet acted on the matter despite that the private company that manages the CyberCentre has not yet paid the province the guaranteed share of P14 million for 2019.

They have only paid for the 2018 dues, he added.

Diaz revealed that he has been advised by the governor to sit down with other joint venture partners relative to the plans on taking over the management of the Cybercentre.


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