IF THE City Council will have its way, the Cebu City Government will have to set aside at least P70 million every month for the allowances of barangay officials and workers, and the financial assistance for senior citizens.
City Treasurer Emma Villarete said the monthly release of the allowances and financial aid can be done if made through the distribution of cash cards.
Villarete said the City Government has been planning to implement the system and will soon meet with the Land Bank of the Philippines, one of banks where City Hall maintains accounts, to discuss the issue.
But Villarete cannot say if the system will be in place, adding that it will depend on how fast the bank can process the cash cards.
She could not also say if the council ordinance requiring the monthly release of the allowances and financial aid is possible under the present system at City Hall.
“Many factors have to be considered, like how fast concerned offices can submit
payrolls. If not, the releasing will take time,” she said.
The allowances of the barangay officials and workers are being processed by the barangays. The allowances would need the daily time record and accomplishment of barangay officials and workers.
The financial assistance for senior citizens is processed by the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs.
City Hall gives P5,000 a month as allowance to 80 barangay captains; P3,000 each to 560 barangay councilors; P2,000 each for 80 barangay secretaries; and P2,000 each for 80 barangay treasurers.
The City also gives P4,000 a month to each of 2,460 barangay tanods; P4,000 for 927 lupong ta-gapamayapa; P4,000 each for 346 street sweepers or barangay environmental officers; and P4,000 each for 250 daycare teachers.
Mayor Michael Rama promised to give P10,000 each to the city’s 60,000 senior citizens this year, and P12,000 next year.
Rama vetoed two ordinances passed by the City Council, which provided amendments to the City’s P5.19-billion budget for this year. He said the amendments were beyond the scope of the council’s powers.
The first amendatory ordinance provided for the monthly release of the senior citizens’ financial aid. The second ordinance requires the monthly release of the allowances of barangay officials and workers.
Both ordinances were proposed by councilors who are members of the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan, which dominates the council.
In the original budget ordinance, the allowances for seniors, barangay officials and barangay workers are supposed to be released in June and December.