By SHIELA MAE BUTLIG
THE capitol’s legal officer yesterday changed his story about the delay in the release of the mandatory mid-year bonuses of provincial government workers. This time, it’s the capitol’s human resources management office that is causing the delay.
Provincial legal officer Cerilo Pacana took back what he said about the provincial accountant’s office causing the delay, and then pointed to the capitol’s human resources management office as the cause.
A capitol employee in the accounting office told the Gold Star Daily that Pacana’s earlier pronouncements did not sit well with provincial accountant Marilou Rivera, and that she was fuming.
Pacana claimed that it was the HRMO that was supposed to identify the recipients and determine exactly how many are entitled to the bonuses.
According to Pacana, the HRMO has yet to submit a list until now.
“Actually, naa pa diay sya sa HR kay ang HR man ang ga-identify kung pila ug kinsay tagaan. Ang trabaho sa accounting mag-account ug pila ang kinahanglan nga kwarta aron mapasa nasad sa treasurer’s office,” said Pacana.
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Budget Management (DBM) have instructed local governments to release the mid-year bonuses not earlier than May 15 but not after June 30.
It was unclear how a simple task of listing mid-year bonus beneficiaries could not be done on time.
Rivera and capitol HRMO head Jessica Galindo have yet to give their comments regarding Pacana’s pronouncements.
Pacana however said provincial administrator Jocelyn Mateo has already ordered concerned capitol offices to speed up their work so that the mid-year bonuses could be released.
“Mandato nana karon sa atong provincial administrator nga papaspasan gyud,” said Pacana.
In an earlier interview, Pacana said it was Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano who ordered the release of the the mid-year bonuses.
Emano was ordered by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to act on the problem, citing complaints made by capitol employees.
In his reply to CSC director Maria Luisa Salonga-Agamata, Emano said the capitol’s human resources management office was still on the process of finalizing and identifying the mid-year bonus beneficiaries.