Capitol HR head, budget officer bicker over DBM opinion
DESPITE the controversial opinion from the Department of Budget and Management, the head of the Provincial Human Resource Department is not resigning from her position.
“Who is he to tell me to resign and be relieved from my position?” Atty. Annabelle Palic said of the statement of Provincial budget officer Jose Percival Salado who said he wants the relief of Palic after the DBM issued an opinion disallowing the creation of the Human Resource Department.
The relief of Palic will give the provincial government ‘fair play’ on how to deal with DBM opinion, he said.
Palic said that she won’t give further comment because she has already
personally talked to DMB Regional Director May Chua for the interpretation of the DNB opinion and that she said that the upgrading of their office is up to the concerned local government unit.
The DBM in an opinion earlier disallowed the creation of the HR department and all positions in the disallowed department as well as the appropriations for personnel services.
Governor-elect Eugenio Jose Lacson said the provincial government will follow the DBM recommendation to revert the HR department to a division.
Salado said her relief is needed because she is “involved in it.”
He said if not for the election ban on the May 13 elections, he could have recommended for Palic’s relief earlier.
“On the first place who is he (Salado) to press for my relief. He doesn’t know the opinion of the DBM that’s why I want to show it to the media when I come back today from Iloilo,” she added.
She further pointed out that if the province has exceeded on its expenses then why is it that the bonuses which were based on the savings of the province were given.
She further lamented that the DBM is just looking at the actual expense if it exceeded from the appropriations, then the province cannot pass a supplemental budget.
“They should see first the content of the DBM opinion and determine the story surrounding such controversy,” Palic further lamented.*