Vice guv ‘unhappy’ with Capitol revamp

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

NEGROS Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson has expressed disappointment over the reorganization of the Capitol workforce that is up for approval of the Provincial Government.

"I'm quite disappointed to have hired a consultant only to find that out the partial reorganization even shows an increase in the number of personnel,” he said.

The number does not even include yet the personnel for health services to fully maximize the expansion of the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City and the new district hospital in Sipalay City.


“I would think that the consultant would have helped review the number of personnel, and still they will become very effective,” the vice governor said.

Lacson said he asked what is the priority of the Provincial Government and second district Board Member Serondo, chairman of the committee on personnel and human resource, said that it is the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist and the Provincial Veterinary Office, where new positions will be created.

“That's why I'm afraid that this reorganization will actually put more burden on our financial situation,” he said.

The vice governor said if it is true that the Department of Health has set a standard for personnel for hospitals to be operational, then it will be very difficult to finance the amount needed for personnel services

It was revealed during the Provincial Board deliberation in last Wednesday’s session that P89 million would be needed for the new positions.

Lacson said that more than P60 million would still be needed for new positions.

However, he said, Serondo has explained that the reorganization would be implemented gradually.

He said, "I'm not sure how we will be able to fund it although they are saying that the reorganization will be done gradually. If we implement this reorganization, where do we get the money to fund it?”

“We can’t take it from the salary savings. The Ayala Land proceeds could also be used. There are some questions in my mind since it is not fully explained how this reorganization will be bankrolled," Lacson added.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 18, 2014.

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