Some employees of the Negros Occidental provincial government are threatening to stage a picket if the 2013 budget of the province containing an allocation of more than P100 million for the last phase of salary increases granted them under the Salary Standardization Law is not approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on time.
But Alfredo Dinoy, president of the Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees, said the matter can be tackled through discussions with the SP, and there is no need to stage a picket at this point.
The SP Committee on Finance and Appropriations is currently deliberating on the P2.020 billion proposed budget for 2013 submitted to it by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr.
Dinoy said he is happy the provincial government is coordinating with PACE on the needs of their members to ensure a smooth relationship.
They are calling on the SP to act on the release of the last 25 percent increase in salaries that not only covers employees, but members of the SP as well.
Escalante said it is the right of the Capitol employees to picket.
He said the Committee on Finance is half way through deliberations on the proposed budget.
The proposed P2.020 billion budget is up by P161,372,872 over this year's budget of P1,859,026,136, Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado Jr. said.
The 2013 proposal is practically a reenacted budget as the bulk of the increases will go to the 25 percent hike in wages mandated by law, travelling expenses and electricity costs, he added.
Special appropriations in the 2013 budget total P1.034 billion broken down as follows: 20 percent Development Fund – P36,000,000; 5 percent Calamity Fund – P95,700,000; Aid to Barangays – P340,000; Miscellaneous Personal Benefits – P1,000,000; Terminal Leave Benefits – P1,500,000; Loyalty Pay – P1,000,000; Panaad sa Negros Festival – P10,000,000; Inter-fund Transfer – P581,809,879; Peace and Order Fund – P10,000,000; and Gender and Development Programs – P5,444,805.
Office appropriations are: Governor’s Office - P98,106,679 Task Force Ilahas – P6,944,625; Public Information Office – P5,280,926; Public Affairs Division – P6,998,984; Sports and Youth Development – P6,627,858; Library – P2,066,018; Provincial Jail – P23,567,653; Electronic Data Processing – P8,418,512; Park – P6,114,070; Procurement and Technical Services – P2,648,447;
Disaster Management Division – P5,593,467; Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Insurance Program – P7,500,588; Administrator’s Office – P22,024,983; PRAISE Committee – P995,000; Human Resource Management Office – P9,919,584; Sangguniang Panlalawigan – P59,865,080; Vice-Governor’s Office – P4,303,000; Provincial Budget Office – P10,586,692;
Bids and Awards Committee – P3,431,819; Assessor’s Office – P18,004,820; Treasurer’s Office – P32,005,177; Agriculturist’s Office – P67,934,354; Planning and Development Office – P20,895,020; General Services Office – P49,597,130; Accountant’s Office – P17,260,250; Provincial Legal Office – P12,508,690; Environment and Management Office – P30,283,107; Provincial Mining and Regulatory Board – P323,800;
Veterinarian’s Office – P22,110,380; Livestock Breeding Center and Dairy Farm – P5,583,023; Operation of Negros First Farms – P5,053,145; Cooperative Office – P8,549,522; Neg. Occ. Coop Development Council – P288,500; Social Welfare and Development Office – P22,958,088; Neg. Occ. Women and Children Center – P3,822,125;
Senior Citizen’s Office – P1,600,000; Prosecutor’s Office – P1,970,000; Parole and Probation Office – P254,000; Regional Trial Court – P3,344,000; COA – P1,925,000; Civil Service Commission – P350,000; Provincial Register of Deeds – P24,000; Commission on Election – P1,405,000; DILG – P1,447,000;
Provincial Engineer’s Office: Administrative – P16,674,172; Planning and Programming – P4,285,584; Spring and Water Systems – P4,741,708; Motorpool – P28,844,332; Quality Control – P3,193,572; Construction and Road Maintenance – P25,132,164; Rockcrushing Operations – P13,962,768; Project Monitoring Committee – P428,000.
Health Services: Provincial Health Office – P52,485,647; Luz-Sikatuna Primary Hospital – P2,237,000; Inapoy Primary Hospital – P4,789,261.
Economic Enterprise Development appropriations are for EEDD Administrative – P3,481,962; Panaad Park and Stadium – P16,739,200; Negros Occidental Tourism Center – P11,495,711; Technology and Livelihood Development Center – P8,449,405; Food Terminal Market – P5,419,171; Mambukal Resort – P34,776,453; Language and Info Tech Center – P8,673,014; NONESCOST – P9,122,025;
Hospital Operations: Admin – P22,958,904; Teresita Jalandoni Provincial Hospital – P171,473,794; Oxygen Generation Plant – P2,034,509; Cadiz District Hospital – P65,550,202; Vicente Gustilo District Hospital – P51,664,327; Calatrava Municipal Hospital – P16,244,549;
Valladolid District Hospital – P49,779,637; Don Salvador Benedicto Hospital – P36,393,621; Ignacio Arroyo District Hospital – P33,437,504; Gov. Valeriano M. Gatuslao Hospital – P54,835,569; Lorenzo D. Zayco District Hospital – P70,151,112; Eleuterio T. Decena Hospital – P14,469,210.*CPG