THE Cebu Provincial Government has appropriated P100 million from its P4.5-billion proposed annual budget for the salary increase of its 3,400 employees next year.
Provincial Budget Officer Danilo Rodas said that the salary increase is based on the order of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“As long as we can afford it, we will give it because that’s an order from the President. It will be taken from the income of Cebu Province, including our Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) share from the National Government,” he said.
The P100-million budget for the salary increase was tackled during the hearing called by the Provincial Board’s committee on budget and allocation headed by Board Member Celestino “Tining” Martinez III.
Aside from the salary increase, the Provincial Government also wants to increase the budget for the Provincial Administrator’s Department from P100 million this year to P195 million next year so the Province can pay the employees who want to retire early.
“But this has to go through the Department of Budget and Management first, so we are still considering this as pending further discussion,” Martinez said.
He also said that the matter needs to be scrutinized further, particularly on who can avail themselves of the separation pay. (EOB)