City gov’t tightens belt as it battles pandemic

first_imgThe Local Finance Committee (LFC) recently raised the following concerns due to the pandemic: The recommendations were in line with National Circular No. 580 of the Department of Budget and Management dated April 22, 2020 on the adoption of economic measures in government due to emergency health situations. ILOILO City – As it battles the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the city government is implementing austerity measures. It hopes to save P166 million. “We will see if we have funds in the last quarter, then we can have it retroactively,” said Treñas. * sustenance of programs and projects Other recommendations of the LFC will be implemented gradually. One of these was to discontinue the services of consultants and technical assistants. Mayor Jerry Treñas already approved some of the recommendations of the committee. These included the following: * deferment of the capital outlay, local and foreign travels and conduct of celebrations and cultural or sports activities not related to the core function of the local government * shortfall in the city’s revenue collection The LCF recommendations could be modified depending on the impact of the pandemic on the city’s financial standing, said Treñas. (PNA) * suspension of the implementation of the salary adjustment under Salary Standardization Law (SSL 5) The move, it said, would not just limit the expenses to “allowable levels” but will also “promote social distancing in the workplace”. Another recommendation of the LCF was the deferment of the start-up construction of government buildings, as well as repairs or renovation, works subject to mayor’s discretion; training, seminar, and workshops; grant of additional allowances to national government officials and employees; filling up of vacancies in plantilla; and adoption of compensatory time off in lieu of the overtime pay for those rendering overtime services. “Services of job hires and contract personnel paid on a daily rate basis will be reduced to a maximum of 16 days per month effective May 2020,” part of the LCF recommendation stated. * depletion of the quick response fund (QRF)last_img

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