Mayor Chan claims no SRA violation for granting P17-M to non-health workers

Mayor Chan claims no SRA violation for granting P17-M to non-health workers

By Junex Doronio
July 14, 2022

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — Fuming mad that he was not asked for his side, Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan on Thursday railed out a newspaper report that the local government unit (LGU) in this city was questioned by the Commission on Audit (COA) for granting special risk allowance (SRA) to non-health workers amounting to P17 million.

The mayor claimed the newspaper report on Lapu-Lapu City government’s granting of SRA, which the COA questioned was purely based on an “old” Department of Budget Management (DBM) administrative order and not from a new one.

“Nganong gibalita man ni ninyo nga dili man ni insakto. Kon responsible ta nga tigbalita, dapat kuhaan nato og side sa hingtungdan, una mo nipagawas og balita (Why was this written as news when this is not accurate. If we are a responsible journalist, we should get the side of the concerned before writing the news),” Chan lamented.

He was referring to the news that came out in SunStar on July 9.

Chan explained that a new DBM Admin Order No. 36 supersedes the old AO No. 28, and SunStar never mentioned or even referred to its news story on the new AO.

Dated April 2020, AO No. 28 authorizes the granting of SRA equivalent to a maximum of 25% of monthly basic pay to public health workers who have greater exposure to health risks in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the mayor revealed that AO No. 36, dated November 2020, authorizes the granting of SRA not exceeding P5,000 per month to a public and private health worker who is in contact with COVID -19 patients from September 15, 2020, to December 2020.

The Lapu-Lapu City government followed AO No. 36 as amended by AO No. 42 in providing the maximum amount of P5,000 per public health worker subject to a given computation.

Chan added that AO No. 36 also provides that public health workers are either civilian employees occupying regular, contractual, or casual positions, whether full-time or part-time; or workers engaged through the contract to service (COS) or job order, including duly accredited and registered barangay health workers (BHW) who are assigned to hospitals, laboratories or medical and quarantine facilities. (ai/mtvn)

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