The provincial officials risked their positions when going ahead with the cash incentives distribution despite unresolved legal questions. Vice Governor Agnes Magpale revealed this in a distribution in Daanbatayan and Medellin towns recently.
Magpale said they maintain that the cash incentives’ distribution has legal basis. A reply was sent to the Commission on Audit (COA) last year. However, no reply has been received from the commission yet. “Ang among gisulti nga wala mani namo kawata ning kwartaha ug gawas pa niana amo namang natun-an nga dunay legal basis. (We said we did not steal the money and that we have a legal basis for it).” The Capitol insisted on the distribution because the barangay workers deserved every peso of it, Magpale added.
Earlier, Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Orvi Ortega stated it is not an increase in honoraria. It is merely an incentive given every Christmas.
The barangay volunteer workers understood the delay on the productivity incentives’ release, which was scheduled last December. “Bahala ug nadugay, at least naa man gyud,” disclosed Aneta Sierras, a Barangay Animal Health Aide (BAHA) of Calapi, Daanbantayan.”
About 900 barangay volunteers were listed to receive their cash incentives in the two towns. In Medellin, there were some 77 barangay health workers (BHWs), 19 barangay nutrition scholars (BNSs), 22-day care workers (DCWs) and 272 tanods. There were also 188 BHWs, 42 DCWs, 351 tanods, and 16 BAHAs in Daanbantayan.
Mayors Ricardo Ramirez (Medellin) and Augusto Corro (Daanbantayan) welcomed the distribution of productivity incentives in their towns. In doing the distribution to the northern towns first, Gov. Hilario P. Davide III said these towns needed the money more after typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit them last year. The governor was not around during the distribution due to a series of meetings in Manila. Xerxes Alkuino