The Provincial Executives Association of Negros Occidental yesterday issued a manifesto supporting the Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees in appealing to the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, led by Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez Jr. as presiding officer, to approve the 2013 Annual Budget of the provincial government.
They said the non-approval of the 2013 budget would have the following effects on the employees' benefits:
*The provincial government employees cannot receive the last tranche of the mandated salary standardization that is equivalent to 25 percent of the basic pay, and it will not be retroactive to January if approved at a later month;
*They cannot get their P20,000 Productivity Incentive Bonus since a supplemental budget cannot be passed without the 2013 budget; and
*They cannot avail of their extra bonus for December 2013 because it is also being allocated under a supplemental budget.
The PEANO, in their manifesto, also said the most important effect of the non-approval of the annual budget is that they cannot implement development programs and projects.
Among these are for food security, public health and hospital operations, as well as for livelihood, whose beneficiaries are the needy among the three million Negrenses, because they cannot use the 20 percent Provincial Development Fund and the five percent Gender and Development Fund, the PEANO said.
“If we cannot sustain the programs and projects under the Negros First Provincial Development Agenda, we will also lose all our awards from DILG, such as the Best Performing Province in Excellence in Local Governance Awards, Gawad Pamana ng Lahi, and Seal of Good Housekeeping”, the manifesto added.
Alvarez, when asked for his reaction to the manifesto, said the Sanggunian decides as a collegial body and what they are asking for are specific projects to be implemented under the allocations set in the 20 percent development fund.
“We need an itemized list to ensure where the money will go to because we are protecting the interest of the Negrenses,” he said.
“We want to know that various areas are given equitable shares of projects, too,” he added.
Listed among the signatories of the manifesto were Provincial Veterinarian Renate Decena - PEANO president, Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan, Provincial Legal Officer Jose Ma. Valencia, Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado Jr., Provincial Treasurer/OIC Provincial Assessor Nilda Generoso;
Provincial Agriculturist Igmedio Tabianan, Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Ma. Lina Sanogal, Provincial Engineer Ernie Mapa, acting Provincial Accountant Carolina Isuga, Provincial General Services Officer Lucille Pines, Provincial Cooperative Officer Adolfo Gilpo;
Provincial Environment Management officer Wilfred Ramon Peñalosa, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Liane Garcia, Economic Enterprise Development Department head Japhet Masculino and Provincial Health Officer Ernell Tumimbang.
Also on the list of signatories were provincial government assistant department heads Mary Ann Manayon Lamis of the Legal Office, Virginia Parreño of the Human Resource Management Office, Yvonne Gustilo, EEDD; Dr. Romulo Rhoel Mogul of the EEDD-Hospital Operations, Annabelle Magalona of the Provincial Accounting Office; and acting assistant PPDC, PPDO Lawrence Ledesma.*CPG