Acting Bacolod City Mayor Greg Gasataya may face charges over the P31-million budget for the salaries of 3, 600 job order (JO) employees he hired.
This developed after Councilor Claudio Jesus Puentevella questioned the hiring.
“Will the one-quarter budget amounting to P31 million be released only within one month?” Puentevella, chairman of the City Council Committee on Finance, asked.
Reports showed that the city government released P12 million last week, and another of the same amount this week, for the salaries of the JO workers.
City Budget Officer Victor Treyes said it has set aside P31 million for the one-quarter budget based on the 2015 re-enacted budget amounting to P1.55 billion.
The said budget is intended for the salaries of the JOs in all departments and offices of the city government while waiting for the approval of the 2016 budget amounting to P1.8 billion, Treyes said.