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   AUGUST 10, 2014 EDITION
  Drivers of multicabs complain that tricycles are grabbing their passengers because they are roaming only, while cabs are stuck at the terminal and dispatched by threes.  

SP: purge list of Capitol job orders

Seven million pesos (P7M) have now been paid off by the capitol to its increasing number of joborder workers (those who are not working under the plantilla of workers). At mid-year, the governor is again asking the Sanggunian for anotherP 8 - Million for job-order workers’ salaries up to year end.

But there is no complete official list made public as to how many, who and where are all these job-orders working and what are their job descriptions.

Job-orders should come in the form of an emergency hire, meaning, their jobs are needed. But what are their qualifications?

Asserting that it is a question of law, Vice-Governor Mark Macias states that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan is firm to first secure the full and detailed list of job order employees before the requested appropriation of P 8.9 million for their wages will be approved.

However, Governor Roel Degamo is equally firm in his conviction that he has done his part and complied with the required information.

But Macias said that the list submitted to SP was incomplete as it lacks the job description and assigned departments of the job order workers.

He added that the Sanggunian is entitled to ask for supporting documents specially that the previous appropriation of P 7 million intended for the whole year (2014) was exhausted in the first 6 months alone.

Board Member Liland Estacion countered that the names of job order workers were already submitted earlier but the Steering Committee belatedly required that the list must also indicate the department to which a particular worker is assigned. But of course, Macias said.




This business of elected politicians in providing jobs for the jobless is good humanitarian act, but it is unfair to the bigger bulk of the general taxpayers whose money is being used to pay useless undertakings.

In the first place, the Governor, or Mayors for that matter are not employment officers, they are heads of local governments. Employment is the job of the Human Resource Officer, who recommends only those qualified for approval.

Trouble is: there are many Governors in the country who play the roles of employment officer, so that he can personally pay back people who voted and will vote for him in the next election, that’s all. He is short-changing the bigger mass of people who expect the man to be a statesman, and executor of laws and policies. But if they don’t know how, that is the problem. They should go to school at the SU School of Public Affairs and Governance, or , take up Masters in Public Administration.

It is not wrong for the provincial board to ask for the complete list of job orders who want to be paid. The SP like Congress holds the purse. No job order should be taken until all plantilla is filled up. Trouble now is the reverse. Fill up the job orders, never mind the plantilla which has the budget, then, ask for a supplemental budget to pay the job order.

This practice is as good as the PDAF or DAP even worse because they do it all the time. What LGU was that which consumed P7M for Jan to June to pay job orders, and then is asking the SP for P8M more, in August, to do the same for the second half of the year?. Which job orders are collecting salary under three payrolls.? Which LGU head is hiring media barkers and paying them with taxpayers’ money as job orders? Are they filling up the daily time records? What is their specific job description?



The healthiest possible tie-up between theory and practice, between school and good governance, can only happen in a city like Dumaguete because we are a university town.

We are talking about the rare golden opportunity for our local government officials—elected and appointed alike —- to avail of quality education on public affairs and good governance in local universities, one of which is the School of Public Affairs and Governance at Silliman University which meets mostly on weekends.

We received the offer from its former head and now Dean of the graduate program of the same institution. From where Dr Rey Rivera came, he was sure that this tie-up is possible as he explained this on CROSS TALK, the premier public affairs program of DYEM BAI RADIO 96.7 fm Their offer was also well received by the DILG head no less of this province Ms Farah Gintuya who was also guest of the same program with Col Jun Natuel, PNP provincial director.

This academic enrichment of our local government leaders should be availed of by our LGUs, headed by all the mayors. This is only to boost and enhance their present stock of knowledge in local governance. It will be to their political advantage if they also advance in academic knowledge of good governance.

To think further, we might even ask Congress to amend the laws on elective officials who can qualify to run only after attaining enough units in public administration and governance. This is open to all, thus, not discriminatory. It’s the only way to attain quality officialdom.

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