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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

City gov’t spends P20M a month on JOs


The City Government is spending P20 million every month for the salaries of job order employees, according to veteran newsman Robledo Sanchez.
Sanchez, in his complaint sheet filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and other city officials, stated that some of the job-order employees occupy the same position within a department or a program, usually as administrative assistants or administrative aides paid in different rates as high as P25,000 a month.
Sanchez revealed that the City Government’s Solid Waste Management Program has the biggest number of job-order employees with 183, followed by the Traffic Management Program with 137 employees.
He said the Tourism Promotion and Development Program’s 62 job-order employees receive daily rates ranging from P600 to P650.
On October 19, 2012, Sanchez filed graft and corruption charges against Pamintuan, City Accountant Wilfredo Tiotuico, City Budget Officer Fe Corpuz, City Treasurer Juliet Quinsaat and the different respective Department Heads in connection with the 2,506 job order employees under the Pamintuan administration.
Sanchez obtained documents including appointment papers of job order employees signed by Pamintuan, his secretary Kirk Galanza and City Administrator Dennis Albert Pamintuan.
Sanchez said Pamintuan and his cohorts violated Republic Act (RA) 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and RA 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards of Public Officials and Employees.
Sanchez also noted that the appointment of these job order employees are in violation of Civil Service Commission (CSC) Memorandum Circular No. 17 Series of 2002, dated June 24, 2002, which states that contracts for job-order employees should be submitted to the CSC Regional Office (CSCRO) to be reviewed on whether the said contracts are complying with CSC guidelines.

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