The Cebu City government will be forced to slash the mobile communication allowance granted to its officials, employees and other government officials after the City Council reduced the budget for this purpose to P4.3 million this year from over P6 million last year.
The executive department has created a committee to study the appropriate amount to be given to the recipients.
The five-man committee, composed of General Services Office chief Rolando Ardosa, Human Resource Development Office head Veronica Morelos, City Accountant Marietta Gumia, Internal Audit Services Officer Arlene Rentuza and mayor’s office representative Andrew Borres, came up with two proposals.
The first option is to have a 37 percent across-the-board ceiling amount reduction to all 213 city officials, employees and other government officials.
City councilors had P5,500 allowance per month; the secretary to the mayor, P5,000; department heads, P4,000; assistant department heads, P3,000; and division heads, P2,500.
The second option is to only allow the above-mentioned personnel and officials to receive the allowance with a new ceiling.
In the proposal, the mayor, vice mayor, city administrator will still have no limit, but for budgetary purposes, the mayor shall be given P35,000, while the vice mayor and the city administrator have P20,000 each, every month.