Coñejos: Gov. Tan is
just pressuring us to approve the budget
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO,
CALBAYOG CITY – An pinakaworst scenario, until September na la makakapasuweldo an
probinsya. Yana 2010, an employment agency nga kapitolyo tubtub nala
September. Paglampas hiton nga bulan, di na ako maaram kon diin
makakakuha han PS. Meaning, waray na kamo hiton suweldo because of the
5 board members nga ginmamanduan han mas dako pa ba nga posisyon?! I
don’t know kon mas dako pa iya position yana! These were the peculiar
statements of Gov. Sharee Ann Tan during her dialogue with the CDH (Calbayog District
employees on Sunday.
Board Member Charlie
Coñejos belied Gov. Tan’s assessment that the province stands merely
as an employment agency and could no longer provide and give
development projects for the people due to non-approval of 2010 annual
He clarified that the
2008 reenacted budget amounting to P600.8 Million contains development
projects for the province that were actually utilized by former
governor Milagrosa Tan.
confirmed that the 25% salary increase of the employees have been
integrated in the proposed 2010 budget.
The ACES (Alliance of
Concerned Employees of Samar) was motivated to participate last week’s
regular session as they wanted to witness how the budget would be
deliberated and their eagerness to hear its approval.
With respect to the
present financial status of the province that it could only provide
salaries to its employees until September this year, Coñejos exclaimed
that the younger Tan was just pressuring them to pursue the immediate
passage of the budget without scrutinizing it.
Reliable source also
reacted by saying that the governor could not defer the release of
salaries and wages intended for personnel services due to non-approval
of the budget. He said that it has allocation regardless of the
financial condition of the province.
The governor should
adhere to the mandates of the law by passing a new budget under her
administration in accordance with the priority concerns of the
province from collective recommendations of every department agency
such as agriculture, social services, health, education and others,
“Kinalsada man la it
nga iya argumento. If she really wants good governance, she should
follow the legal and proper way of submitting the budget. Ayaw hiya
patol hiton mga sumat ira alipores kay pagmalakakawat la liwat it mga
tuyo hiton”, a capitol employee reacted to Tan’s statement.
Experiences from the
past administration have been noted that while the budget of all
departments was being squandered by the office of the governor, no
actual or accurate deliveries were provided and realized. Citing the
P104 Million worth of purchases decided by the
BAC, negotiated within the
TRO period and decided
by RTC Branch 31 for restitution; until now no repayment took place
yet the former governor is enjoying a new seat as member of the House
of Representatives waiting for the resolution of her appeal on
This leads the
Sangguniang Panlalawigan to scrutinize the items inclusive in the
P1.18 Billion 2010 budget.