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Pelaez to summon execs over report on remittances

By LITO RULONA
Correspondent .

MISAMIS Oriental Vice Gov. Jeremy Jonahmar Pelaez yesterday said he would summon for the nth time the provincial treasurer and members of the Local Finance Committee members, this time, to shed light on the capitol’s reported overremittances to the Government Service Insurance System and the Pagibig Fund.

Pelaez said the decision to summon is based on a privilege speech delivered by provincial board member Jessa Mugot on Monday that brought to the provincial legislature’s attention the 2018 Annual Audit Report of the Commission on Audit about the P8.1 million the capitol overremitted to the GSIS and Pagibig.

Mugot said she found it disturbing that the provincial government remitted to GSIS and Pagibig millions of pesos more than what should have been remitted.

Yet, according to Mugot, the capitol still has unsettled obligations to the Philhealth.

She said the COA report also showed the capitol remittances were “untimely.”

“To give justice to the management of this province, it is incumbent upon us, legislators, to hear the side of our concerned officials,” said Mugot as she urged Pelaez to require the provincial treasurer and members of the Local Finance Committee to answer questions about the reported overremittances and the capitol’s finances.

Mugot said she wants to know if the capitol really failed to remit or “untimely remitted” the monthly contributions of its employees to GSIS and Pagibig from 2013 to 2018.

“Who is liable or responsible for the payment of the corresponding penalties and interest?” she asked. “If it is the local government, then, which specific item in the annual appropriation ordinance or budget of the province will these be charged to?”

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