Lingayen execs rebuff critics on ghost worker raps

July 21, 2017 at 7:26 am Leave a comment


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

 LINGAYEN – High officials of this Capital town rebutted critics who accused the mayor of violating the law when she created a position of  mechanic but without filling the position.

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Mayor Iday vs Juday

CRITIC. Lingayen Mayor Josefina “Iday” Castaneda (Left)  and 
critic Councilor Judy “Juday” Vargas.

Mayor Josefina “Iday” Castaneda explained that position was included in this year’s annual appropriation budget but could not fill the position because the town has no motor poll yet.

 “Wala pang motorpool kaya iyong pang suweldo sa mechanic nilagay sa savings. Tapos iyong savings iyon inilagay sa supplemental (budget),” she stressed.

Human Resources Officer Dindo Ungson said despite the funding and creation of the position by the executive department and legislature, the post is not yet final. The appropriation for the post would become savings of the town, he said.

 Municipal Accountant Nelson Gumapos said Councilor Judy “Juday” Vargas may have brought the issue to the media was because she wanted to get back at the mayor.

He explained that two or three years ago, Vargas passed the Municipal Environment Natural Resources Officer (MENRO) post that was approved by the Sangguniang Bayan but remained unimplemented because of the “non’availability of funds.”

 The other gripe of the lady councilor was the ordinance she passed this year on the creation of the Cultural Historical Office was vetoed by the mayor, he said.

“Noon noon, may pinagmulan na iyan. Create siya ng MENRO na walang appropriation may appropriation annual budget but subject to availability of funds. The MENRO would have a building, a department head, staff which would mean big budget for which there was no funds,” he said.

He added that the resolutions on creation of offices authored by Vargas could not supersede the need of this town to increase the salaries of the workers of the local government unit (LGU) based on the Standardization Law and the need of this town to spike the number of its nurses since the ratio mandated by law is one nurse to every 22,000 residents here.

This town, with three municipal nurses, has a population of 103 million.

He added that the administration of Castaneda is restrained by law to spend 45% of its regular fund for its employees.

Castaneda said this town received three million pesos from the national government from the SGFH because all their financial transactions were above board.

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