Thursday, December 6, 2012

Barangay Kagawad denies inclusion in JO payroll

A councilman in Barangay Margot here denied reports that she is working as job order (JO) employee of the City Government.

During a guest appearance in a local radio program, Barangay Margot Kagawad Nenita Ferrer clarified that she did not know that her name has been included in the payroll for “job orders.”

Ferrer heard her name mentioned during a radio talk show which named the “ghost employees” at the City Hall.

“Kinausap kami noon para sa gagawing cultural mapping,” Ferrer said, “pero ang paniwala ko ay boluntaryo ang ginawa naming serbisyo doon. Wala kaming tinanggap na sahod maliban na lang sa P50 na allowance na minsan lang.”

Ferrer’s name has been included in the list of JO employees assigned as researchers for the cultural mapping conducted by the City Government under the city’s Tourism Promotion and Development Program. Researchers receive a daily salary ranging from P600 to P650.

According to Ferrer, they were called by a certain Francisco Esguerra from the Office of Senior Citizens’ Affairs (Osca) and were made to attend a seminar at the Gabaldon Building.

Ferrer also said that the city’s First Lady, Herminia Pamintuan, was also present during the said seminar.

Ferrer is only the latest among several barangay officials who surfaced to denounce the arbitrary inclusion of names in the list of the city’s JO appointments.

Earlier, Barangay Lourdes Northwest council member William David also expressed resentment over the situation after having learned that the name of his wife, Irene David, has also been included in the list of JO appointments.

David said his wife does not work as a JO appointment and does not even go to the City Hall to collect her supposed salary.

Barangay Cutcut council member Roy Ogurida also released a statement saying that the inclusion of his sister’s name in the list of the City Government’s JO employees was done without their knowledge.

Ogurida said: “Ito ang tunay na mga ‘ghost employees’ ng City Hall. Nakalista ang mga pangalan nila sa payroll pero kung hahanapin mo sila ay hindi naman talaga nagtatrabaho dahil ni hindi nila alam na nakalista pala sila bilang mga job order.”

On October 19, 2012, graft and corruption charges were filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against Pamintuan, City Accountant Wilfredo Tiotuico, City Budget Officer Fe Corpuz, City Treasurer Juliet Quinsaat and other department heads by local newsman Robledo Sanchez in relation to the 2,506 job order employees of the City Government.

by: Reynaldo Navales