AL­LOWANCES OF CCP0 COPS

This will be the sce­nario if Mayor Tomas Os­meña ap­proves the pro­posal of Peace and Or­der Pro­gram head Kevin Ch­ester Paz Cebu City Po­lice Of­fice Di­rec­tor Roy­ina Garma says they will con­tinue to serve with or with­out the al­lowance

Sun.Star Cebu - - FRONT PAGE - RAZEL V. CUIZON / Re­porter @razel­cuizon

If ap­proved, the Cebu City Gov­ern­ment will only grant al­lowances to po­lice of­fi­cers of the Cebu City Po­lice Of­fice (CCPO) who are res­i­dents and vot­ers of the city.

But CCPO Di­rec­tor Se­nior Supt. Roy­ina Garma said it won’t mat­ter to them ei­ther way.

“If they think that is fair, then go. Wala akong pakialam mag­bi­gay sila or hindi. Okay lang. May sweldo na­man kami (We do have a salary). I don’t care whether they will give or they will to­tally re­move it. Kahit anong gawin nila (They can do what­ever they want), we don’t care. We will still work, kaya okay lang (so it’s okay),” she told Sun­Star Cebu in a phone in­ter­view.

Fi­nal say

Dur­ing the bud­get hear­ing last Nov. 5, the City’s Peace and Or­der Pro­gram (POP) head Kevin Ches- ter Paz said they pro­posed the mat­ter, but the de­ci­sion will still be up to Mayor Tomas Os­meña.

“I man­i­fested that it must be only for those res­i­dents and vot­ers only,” Paz said.

When Coun­cilor Mar­garita Os­meña, who chairs the com­mit­tee on bud­get and fi­nance, asked him why he came up with the sug­ges­tion, Paz said the grant­ing of al­lowances is the mayor’s dis­cre­tion.

At present, the City gives al­lowances to all po­lice of­fi­cers who have served the CCPO for at least three months.

Although there is a plan to ex­clude po­lice of­fi­cers who do not re­side in the city, the POP still pro­posed a P65-mil­lion bud­get for al­lowances of peace and or­der per­son­nel next year.

The amount is higher com­pared to the ap­proved P58.2-mil­lion bud­get this year.

Paz said this is be­cause the CCPO will have more per­son­nel.

The CCPO cur­rently has 1,282 po­lice of­fi­cers, but the num­ber is ex­pected to go up to 1,536 po­lice of­fi­cers next year.

Clar­i­fi­ca­tion

The City gives a monthly al­lowance of P8,000 to the city di­rec­tor, P6,000 to sta­tion commanders and P2,500 to po­lice non-com­mis­sioned of­fi­cers.

Apart from the al­lo­ca­tion for the peace and or­der per­son­nel, POP also pro­posed P2.5 mil­lion for al­lowances of po­lice of­fi­cers serv­ing in moun­tain barangays.

Dur­ing the de­lib­er­a­tion last Nov. 5, Coun­cilor Os­meña said the con­di­tion set by the POP that only po­lice of­fi­cers who re­side in the city and are vot­ers can re­ceive the al­lowance seems to ap­ply only to po­lice of­fi­cers serv­ing in the moun­tain barangays, but Paz said the con­di­tion ap­plies to all CCPO per­son­nel.

City Bud­get Of­fi­cer Ma­ri­etta Gu­mia said if the con­di­tion is ap­proved, it can be in­cluded in the bud­get or­di­nance.

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