Proposed ordinance for
employees’ PEI, still a subject of SP’s deliberation
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO,
Samar – The
P25,000 Productivity Enhancement Incentive of Samar provincial
employees has yet to be realized while the 2010 annual budget is
undergoing a thorough scrutiny from the 7 members of the Sangguniang
The firm disposition
of the majority motivated BM Jasper Sumagang to propose an ordinance
reverting the amount of P50 million to be taken from the unexpended
balance of the re-enacted budget for CY 2009 and reappropriating the
same for the implementation of the first tranche monthly salary
schedule of local government personnel in pursuance to local budget
circular no. 2009-92 dated September 2, 2009 of the DBM.
But the move for
inclusion of said proposal became a ground for objection of ABC
President Joseph Escober questioning the legality of said proposed
He, as a member of the
minority had been the subject of criticism as he was somewhat
circumventing the proper legislative procedure.
The majority which is
composed of Coñejos, Sumagang, Atty. Eunice Babalcon, Atty. Noel
Sermense, Jimmy Dy, Prudencio Dy and Renato Uy were almost infuriated
by the behavior of Escober as the latter’s basis for objection was
improper. The legislative body was not the right venue to declare the
legality or validity of an ordinance. Only the judiciary can do that
The majority presumed
that it was Escober’s excuse to elude the possible division of the
body which would end up probable inclusion of Sumagang’s sponsored
ordinance while the session was tackling on the other matters.
In turn, BM
Sumagang decided to withdraw his motion for inclusion and the said
ordinance would be subject for this week’s regular session.