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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, December 6, 2013
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Capitol eyes P120M savings,
typhoon housing aid out soon


The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office hopes to distribute all P35,613,000 in assistance to owners of 11,871 houses in Negros Occidental destroyed by super typhoon “Yolanda” before Christmas, PSWDO head Liane Garcia said yesterday.

On Wednesday, the Negros Occidental Sanggunian approved the increase in the amount to be released as assistance from P22 million to P35,613,000, with house owners to receive P3,000 each.

Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado said the P35.6 million is ready for release.

Meanwhile, Salado said the Negros Occidental provincial government is expected to have savings of P120 million at the end of this year, which can be spent on various projects in 2014.

Of the amount, P20 million is from the Internal Revenue Allotment and P100 million from savings on maintenance and other operating expenses, he said.

The bonus of the Capitol employees will be taken from savings on salaries from vacant positions at the Capitol, Salado said.

The Capitol employees are expected to receive bonuses of not less than the P35,000 each that they received last year.

However, it is not certain if they will also receive P20,000 more in Performance Enhancement Incentive, which will depend on whether the provincial government will receive an award to justify the release, Salado added.*CPG

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