The Freeman - - NEWS - — Jean Marvette A. De­me­cillo/GAN

The De­part­ment of Bud­get and Man­age­ment (DBM)-7 has de­clared in­op­er­a­tive some parts of Cebu City gov­ern­ment's ap­proved P716-mil­lion Sup­ple­men­tal Bud­get-1 this year.

The af­fected items, amount­ing to P203,067, are the salary and wages per per­son­nel sched­ule, life and re­tire­ment salary of some em­ploy­ees, midyear and year-end bonus of some em­ploy­ees.

“It will not af­fect the bud­get. Ang kanang items nga in­op­er­a­tive kay dili gi­hapon mag­a­mit nato be­cause kuwang ang plan­tilla,” said City Bud­get Of­fi­cer Ma­ri­etta Gu­mia.

Gu­mia said the af­fected items are sup­pos­edly for the Sang­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan chair­man and the in­crease of the salaries of the third-ter­mer city coun­cilors.

The city can­not use the amount aligned to the items the DBM had de­clared as in­op­er­a­tive.

Gu­mia said the salary and wages per per­son­nel sched­ule are for the third-ter­mer city coun­cilors, while the life and re­tire­ment salary of some em­ploy­ees, midyear bonus and the year-end bonus of some em­ploy­ees are for the SK chair­per­sons.

“Pero sa kani nga case nga in­op­er­a­tive items namo, dili man gi­hapon nato ma-im­ple­ment be­cause we don't have SK chair­man,” she said.

Gu­mia said she has yet to con­fer with three city coun­cilors who are in their third term if they will push through with get­ting a salary in­crease, adding that it will be the ba­sis if the city will ap­peal the DBM's rul­ing.

As of now, the City Coun­cil's com­mit­tee on bud­get and fi­nance is study­ing its next move af­ter re­ceiv­ing the DBM re­view.

In the bud­get re­view, DBM Di­rec­tor IV Carmela Fer­nan said the af­fected items are “ex­cess ap­pro­pri­a­tions” un­der the Of­fice of the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lung­sod- Leg­isla­tive.

Other than those, the rest of the items in the sup­ple­men­tal bud­get is op­er­a­tive and can be used as per al­lo­ca­tion sub­ject to the post­ing of re­quire­ments un­der the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Code.

She cited sev­eral con­di­tions so that the city gov­ern­ment could use the ad­di­tional bud­get this year.

One of the con­di­tions in­clude that the Cap­i­tal Out­lay and Cap­i­tal Ex­pen­di­tures un­der the Gen­eral Fund-Proper and the Lo­cal De­vel­op­ment Fund should be used sub­ject to the au­tho­riza­tion of the City Coun­cil on the list of projects to be im­ple­mented.

Also, the DBM asked the city gov­ern­ment to ap­prove a Sup­ple­men­tary An­nual In­vest­ment Plan (AIP) with the en­act­ment of the ad­di­tional bud­get.

“It is there­fore en­joined that a Sup­ple­men­tary AIP be pre­pared and ap­proved be­fore the prepa­ra­tion and en­act­ment of the sup­ple­men­tal bud­get as pre­scribed in the syn­chro­nized lo­cal plan­ning and bud­get­ing cal­en­dar per said JMC (joint me­moran­dum cir­cu­lar),” reads a por­tion of the three-page bud­get re­view.

The JMC was is­sued by the De­part­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Na­tional Eco­nomic and De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity, DBM, and De­part­ment of Fi­nance.

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