SP Finance Committee prioritizes hiring of nurses and doctors

The hiring of more Nurses and Doctors will be realized soon.

After weeks of preliminary budget hearing/consultation, Occidental Mindoro Sanggunian Panlalawigan Finance Committee Chairman BM Sonia Pablo finally delivered the Committee’s observations and recommendations as per presentations made by different offices, December 13.

In her report, she particularly took note of the creation of the External and Political Affairs Division along with different offices and positions which the Provincial Government proposed. According to her, more focus should be given to medical health workers wherein there is a significant need for them as per the current health services status in the Province. Thus,

“In this period, where additional Human Resource is crucial in every offices, in consideration of the significant need of medical health workers, therefore, prudent utilization of financial resources and knowledge management is imperative”.

Board Member Sonia Pablo
hiring more nurses and doctors
BM Sonia Pablo and BM Philip Ramirez, during the SP Finance Committee hearing.

BM Pablo also reiterated that “hiring of nurses and doctors shall be prioritized”.

BM Sonia Pablo

She also added that the offices under the proposed External and Political Affairs Division “can be done by existing offices, as there is significant relationship between their mandate and function” and that it may only result to overlapping of functions.

The Committee thus recommended for the deferment of all position creations and thereby suggested that “appropriations for the proposed creations shall be allocated to the Human Resource requirements of the hospitals and BHW/BNS hazard/allowances” instead.

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The report also took notice of the quantum leap on target revenue from P1,979,500.00 in 2019 to P20,000,000.00 for 2020. Majority of the which is expected to come from Gravel and Sand Collection Fees. The Committee instead recommended that such be set at P3,000,000.00 from P20,000,000 for being an “unrealistic target”.

Furthermore, the report stated that as of October 31, 2019, the 2019 target revenue of P1,979,500.00 is still short of 23% which “reflects the incompetence of the PG – ENRO in achieving its target”.

In terms of expenditure, the 2020 proposed Representation Allowance also jumped to P12,000.000.00 from only P600,000.00 in the previous budget. The Committee slashed it down to P6,000,000.00 with the other half being recommended again to be appropriated for medical service sector.

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Meanwhile, the Committee also noticed the additional P7,936.000.00 at MOOE – OSCA OPERATION with no line-item budgeting.

Here’s the full content of the Committee on Finance and Appropriation report:

COM. REF. 5421: REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF THE 2020 LOCAL EXECUTIVE EXPENDITURE PROGRAM (2020 ANNUAL BUDGET) IN THE AMOUNT OF PHP1,711,527,047.85.

PREMISE: The 2020 Local Expenditure Program has been based through participative planning of all various sections, the executive department (including all offices), and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

In the consultation process, it was explicitly mentioned that HEALTH SECTOR is on the top priority of the current administration, by which the Sangguniang Panlalawigan expressed its full support whilst focusing on the Health Section direction, as a strategy.

During the review of the 2020 Annual Budget, below are the findings and observations:

FINDINGS AND OBSERVATION:

  1. ON THE RE-ENGINEERING OF THE ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan is delighted that all respective offices have submitted the enhanced organization structures that complements its function. It shows that most, if not all offices, are undermanned, whereby all hospitals operated by the province are exceptionally requiring medical health workers in order to provide the demanded public health care and fit and sound health care providers.

Changes in the structures and personnel are the following:

  • Civil Security Units – All Security Guards were transferred to the General Services Offices except Security Guard Officer II with Item No. 19 (1) 01, which remained to PGO.
  • IAS or the Internal Control and Tourism Division remained
  • Newly proposed Division named External and Political Affairs Division whereby items are with the PGO that have an overlapping function with other offices.
  1. Local Housing Development Management OFFICE
  2. Senior Citizens Affairs OFFICE
  3. Cultural and Arts OFFICE
  • Provincial Warden now become a Division under PGO named as Provincial Jail Division
  • The Provincial Administrator that was previously under the Office of the Provincial Governor is proposed to become a separate and become an independent office
BM Sonia Pable and Vice Gov. Peter Alfaro confer with representatives of Provincial Government as per Committee report.

In line with this, five (5) Functional Divisions were integrated to the Provincial Administrator, such as: 1) the Administrative Division; 2) Public Employment Services Division; 3) Records and Archives Division; 4) Human Resource Management Division; and 5) Local Economic Development & Investment Promotions Divisions

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2. In the Organization Structure of PGO, The External and Political Affairs is a Division. It has been noted and observed that under this DIVISION are OFFICES that is inconsistent in the hierarchy of structure. Moreover, the Personnel of the External and Political Affairs Division, together with the personnel of the offices under the said Division are all proposed as CONTRACTUAL. Should this be the case, the continuity of the programs implemented and the competence of the personnel or office (Division) will not be sustainable. As such, capital investment in the Human Resource is a misuse.

3. In this period, where additional Human Resource is crucial in every offices, in consideration of significant need of medical health workers, therefore prudent utilization of financial resources and knowledge management is imperative.

4. AS TO THE SOURCES OF REVENUE. During its presentation to this Committee, it was observed that the Target Revenue on Regulatory Fee is set at P20,000,000. According to the Provincial Treasurer, the greater source of revenue will come from the Gravel and Sand. Historically, PG-ENRO has difficulty in achieving the set target income by the Provincial Government. In the report presented to the Committee, Grave and Sand Collection as of October 31, 2019 still fall short of 23% based on the target of P1,979,500.00.

5. AS TO THE TIME DEPOSIT. The Provincial Treasurer reported that there is no current time deposit existing. Although, target earnings for 2019 only achieved 2.8 as of October 31, 2019. Again, the Provincial Treasurer set its target of P1.2M for investment earning. Granting, the Provincial Government needs approximately at least P96M/QUARTERLY at a given bank’s normal interest rate of 1.25% per annum.

6. AS TO 1% SENIOR CITIZENS/PWD. Aside from the budget SC/PWD that has been appropriated from the Total Receipts in the amount of P17,114,270.48, it was noticed that another PGO MOOE-OSCA Operation indicated in the amount of P7,369,000.00 as lump sum or no line item budgeting. Moreover, there are some duplication in the PPAs of PGO-OSCA Operations and PSWD-SC i.e. honorariums, handog saya sa mga lolo at lola, quarterly elederly meetings, and the like.

The Committee found out that project items indicated in the 2020 AIP that will be funded under 1% SC/PWD Component has reached to a total of approximately P23M, which means the proposed projects budgetary requirement exceeded the allocation, whilst not been appropriately thought and prioritized. The budget must be equated with the priority program/programs to be funded.

7. PGO MOOE – Representation Allowance of P12M, wherein the previous budget it was only P600,000.00.

Vice Gov. Peter Alfaro listens intently as BM Sonia Pablo delivers the Finance and Appropriation Committee report.

8. PGO MOOE – Repair and Maintenance of IT Equipment and Software of P1M, where previous budget is only P100,000.00. There is no additional equipment on capital outlay to maintain.

9. PGO MOOE – Management Information System. The project indicates for P10M only, whereby the proposed budget in P22M.

10. ON CREATION OF POSITIONS/PERSONNEL SCHEDULE: P10,025,305.00

  • PPDO (1) – P1,147,489.00
  • GSO (1) – P590,327.00
  • PBO (1) – 588,006.00
  • PTO (7) – P2,350,474.00
  • PWO (6) P1,940.025.00
  • PHO (3) – P930,409.00
  • PDRRMO (8) – P2,478,575.00

11. ON OTHER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM OF P158,652,000.00. Most program items are in lump sum appropriation. For instance, the program for the Municipal and Barangay Affairs of P59,000,000.00, all projects/activities under this item has no budgetary provision.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

  1. The External and Political Affairs DIVISION has OFFICERS UNDER? This is inconsistent in the HIERARCHY OF STRUCTURE. Moreover, the Personnel of the External and Political Affairs Division, together with the personnel of the officers under said Divisions are all proposed as CONTRACTUAL. Should this be the case, the continuity of the program implemented and the competence of the personnel or office (Division) will not be sustainable. As such, capital investment in the Human Resource is a misuse.

In this period, where additional Human Resource is crucial in every offices, in consideration of significant need of medical health workers, therefore prudent utilization of financial resources and knowledge management is imperative.

The functions Offices (Section/Unit) of the External and Political Affairs Division can be done by the existing offices, as there is a significant relationship between their mandate and function. Action required may have an overlapping function with other offices.

  1. Local Housing Development Management OFFICE
  2. Senior Citizens Affairs OFFICE
  3. Cultural and Arts OFFICE

The Committee recommends to the Distinguished Board to take into account that allowing the recommended offices to augment their human resources and its capabilities will have a considerable effect on the financial utilization and efficiency.

A. Correct the entry that instead of Office be called as Section or Unit.

B. The function of the above-mentioned offices be integrated to the following offices:

  • PPDO for the Local Housing Development Management Section (OFFICE)
  • PSWDO for the Senior Citizens Affairs Section (OFFICE) whereby each LGU has already it. Programs of senior citizens has been done by PSWD. Coordination is far more convenient.
  • Tourism Division can do most of the identified programs of the Culture and Arts. Thus, it is recommended for it to be a Section. Coordination with Sanggunian Panlalawigan, and the Western Historical, Culture Arts Society in terms of history and culture will be a better cooperation.

C. It was observed by the Committee on Human Resources and Labor that the functions of the identified OFFICES/SECTION are mere TASKS of personnel of the External and Political Division except for the PMAO and PDAO that is created by Ordinance.

BM Sonia Pablo: “Hiring of nurses and doctors shall be prioritized”.

3. AS TO THE SOURCES OF REVENUE ON REGULATORY FEES. Historically, PG – ENRO has difficulty in achieving the set target income by the Provincial Government. In the report presented to the Committee, Fees derived from Gravel and Sand Collections as of October 31, 2019, still the target fall short of 23% based on the target of P1,979,500.00.

The Committee recommends to set Sand and Gravel Collection Fees SET the target to P3M instead of P20M. The unmet targets reflects the incompetency of the PG-ENRO in achieving its target, although the Office already expressed their ambivalence on the unrealistic target. It will be helpful to use a conservative estimate. Should the target exceeds, a supplemental budget may be proposed.

Moreover, the amendment to the Revised Revenue Code is under study by the Local Finance Committee.AS TO THE TIME DEPOSIT. It is recommended that the target P1.2 Million on the interest earning for time deposit be REMOVED. The Provincial Government needs approximately at least P96M/Quarterly at a given bank’s normal interest rate of 1.25% per annum. The Provincial Treasurer may explain the sources of this time deposit and ensure the availability of the required amount for deposit.

4. AS TO 1% SENIOR CITIZEN/PWD. It is notable that 1% for the Senior Citizens/PWD was apportioned to ensure that programs for the SC/PWD are delivered. As indicated in the AIP Projects, the budget exceeds the 1% allocation for SC/PWD budget appropriation. Therefore, the Committee recommends to re-evaluate and prioritize line program budgeting.

5. The Committee, also NOTICED THE ADDITIONAL P7,936,000.00 MOOE OSCA OPERATION. Program cost indicated thereto is LUMP SUM, no line item budgeting.

The Committee proposed to come up with Human Resource augmentation with the PSWDO for implementation of programs. There are some duplication in the PPAs of PGO – OSCA Operations and PSWDO – SENIOR CITIZEN i.e. honorariums, handog saya sa mga lolo at lola, quarterly elderly meetings, and the like.

In November 13 budget consultation, BM Philip Ramirez said that the proposed creation of positions in Provincial Government can not be said as a requirement for SGLG since the latter has been an awardee already in the past years even without those proposed positions.

Finally, the amount of P7,396,000.00 be appropriated to the Human Resource requirements of the Hospitals and BHW/BNS hazard/allowance.

6. PGO MOOE – Representation Allowance of P12M, where in the previous budget it was only P600,000.00.

The Committee recommends that PGO Representation Allowance be reduced to P6 million instead of P12 million.

The remaining P6M be appropriated to the Human Resource requirements of the Hospitals and BHW/BNS hazard/allowance.

7. PGO MOOE – Repair and Maintenance of IT Equipment and Software of P1M, where previous budget is only P100,000.00. There is no additional equipment on capital outlay to maintain.

The Committee deemed it appropriate to reduce the budget to P500,000.00. The remaining P500,000.00 shall be allocated to the Human Resource requirements of the hospitals and BHW/BNS hazard/allowance.

8. PGO MOOE – Management Information System (MIS) – In AIP, the project indicates for P10,000,000.00 only, whereby, the proposed budget is P22,000,000.00. Project components are missing, therefore, this must be presented to the Sanggunian.

The Committee recommends that MIS be reduced to P12,000,000.00 as indicated in the program list. The remaining amount shall be allocated to the Human Resource requirements of the hospitals, and BHW/BNS hazard/allowances.

9. ON CREATION OF POSITION/PERSONNEL SCHEDULE: P10,025.305.00. All creations of positions for PPDO, GSO, PBO, PTO, PWO, PHO and PDRRMO is recommended for DEFERMENT. APPROPRIATIONS for the proposed creations shall be allotted to the Human Resource requirement of the hospitals, and BHW.BNS hazard/allowances.

Should there be creation of positions, priority shall be given to hospitals, human resources requirement in compliance with the Level I and Level II DH prerequisites.

10. ON OTHER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM OF P158,652,000.00. The Committee recommends for an itemized budgeting for transparency. Moreover, budget appropriation is hereby recommended to be reduced by P10M and realign this amount to the Human Resource requirement for the upgrading of the provincial operated hospitals and BHW/BNS hazard/allowances.

11. Increase of Hazard Pay of Hospital Health Workers and Magna Carta for Social Workers is recommended, from P750.00 to P1,500.00 per month. All accredited BHW/BNS incentives of P15,000.00 per annum.

12. The hiring of nurses and doctors shall be prioritized.

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