CAGAYAN DE ORO, PHILIPPINES — Starting this month, Cagayan de Oro City Hall’s departments are ordered to assess their finances to find ways to maximize their resources.
On August 5, during Monday morning’s flag-raising program, Mayor Rolando ‘Klarex’ Uy said in Visayan, “I’m reminding all department managers to conduct an assessment of their respective finances this month…right now I’m reminding them not to schedule any outings or team building (out-of-town) trips…our priority should be to serve our constituents, the people of Cagayan de Oro,”
The order came weeks after City Administrator Hilario Roy Raagas noted how City Hall might experience a reduction in its share of the NTA (National Tax Allocation).
“Due to the pandemic, our NTA share will be reduced based on reports by over P200 million,” Raagas said to the City Hall department heads and employees.
Raagas suggested that all departments find other ways to use their allocated budgets wisely in the following years.
“At the end of the day, City Hall’s resources will be allocated for our constituents in Cagayan de Oro City,” he said.
“I issued the memorandum to all department managers reminding them to implement austerity measures. Anyway, whatever savings each department will incur will be returned to them… those team-building trips, let’s do away with them because we won’t benefit from them. Team building is supposed to promote unity among City Hall departments, but solidarity is best experienced by working together (for the people of Cagayan de Oro),” Uy said in Visayan.
In spite of the new about doing away with team-building trips, Uy assured the City hall staff that they will still receive the five-months worth of differentials before the annual fiesta celebration this August.
The five-month diifferential is based on the Salary Standardization Law’s last tranche, Uy added. – WhatALife!/Zed