By Jezza A. Nepomuceno
BACOLOD CITY, March 28 (PNA) — No matter how many dozens of candles they lighted in order for their pleas to be granted, employees of the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol remained disappointed.
This is after the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) failed to approve the proposed P1.9 billion annual budget of the province for fiscal year 2013 in their regular session yesterday.
The proposed budget include, among others, the fourth tranche of employee’s salary and their P20,000 individual bonus.
The SP adjourned early due to lack of quorum. Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr., the presiding officer of SP and gubernatorial aspirant at the same time, failed to attend the session.
Three of the 12 members of Provincial Board were on official leave, four were absent and some were late.
The SP’s scheduled session yesterday marked the end of 90-day reglamentary period provided under the Local Government Code in event that it fails to enact the province’s annual budget.
“It was unfortunate! no miracle happened,” lamented Ruben Diamante, president of the Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (PACE) in an interview with the local press.
With the continued delay in the approval of budget, Diamante said they might consider filing administrative complaint against the members of SP.
Members of PACE have long been mourning the non-passage of annual budget by way of vigils.
They were also putting up or tying black ribbons in all the columns of the Provincial Capitol building to reiterate their disgust.
Should the SP failed to enact its 2013 budget, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has issued an opinion that the provincial government of Negros Occidental will operate using its 2012 reenacted budget.(PNA)