Caraga employees sign manifesto over irregularities at mayor’s office

By Anthony S. Allada

EMPLOYEES of the Caraga municipality in Davao Oriental have signed a manifesto to express their dismay over the alleged irregularities perpetrated by the present administration of Mayor William Dumaan.

“We, the employees of Caraga, Davao Oriental, wish to express our great dismay over the irregularities that are taking place in the LGU (Local Government Unit) transanctions, among other things the non-remittance of our GSIS (Government Social and Insurance System( premiums, loan repayments, BIR withholding tax, housing amortization and other insurance coverage,” they said in the manifesto, a copy of which was obtained from municipal assessor Mark Anthony Mocam, who was also one the signatory.

The manifesto said that due to the failure of LGU to remit their GSIS premiums and loan repayments they were denied to avail of the Emergency Loan offered by the State Insurance to several victims of super typhoon Pablo.

It also said that aside from being denied of the emergency loan, they have been for quite a long time confronted and suffering from financial worries because of non-remittance.

“Lingering questions from all of us now include: Who will shoulder the interest rate, the penalties and surcharges caused by non-remittance” What will happen to receivables of would be retiring? What future that is in store for us who have outstanding loans with the State Insurance,?” they said.

They said they have experienced similar situation year after year and that with this obtaining problem, they are asking other government agencies like the Office of the Ombudsman, Department of Interior and Local Government, Commission on Audit, among others to help them resolve the crisis.

Last September 12, 2012, GSIS branch manager Bai Cerynea Biruar-Aquino already forwarded a formal letter addressed to Mayor Dumaan over the failure of the local government to pay the compulsory premiums, personal share and government share and employees compensation amounting to P4,358,147 from the period of March 2011 to September 2012. (ASA)

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