BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
The Negros Occidental provincial accounting office was warned yesterday not to delay the payment of job order employees, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said.
“I asked that they ensure that the JOs be paid at the soonest possible time,” he said.
“It is unjust to these people to delay their salaries, even for a day, how much more for more than three months,” Diaz added.
The salaries of 57 job order casuals at the Mambukal Resort in Murcia has been delayed since July, he said.
Diaz said he asked the accounting office to list the requirements that need to be met to hasten the payment.
It appears the delay has been caused by mere technicalities, he said.
Renelo Lastierre, president of the Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees, said PACE asked for the help of Diaz yesterday on the delay in the JOs salaries. The province has about 600, and among those affected by delayed salaries are those assigned in distant areas, Lastierre said.
Lastierre said the attention of the provincial accountant was called and he was ordered to do away with “strict technicalities.”
During the meeting it was decided that a uniform checklist will be followed to hasten the processing of the salaries of the JO employees, he added.
While the JO workers are not members of PACE, Lastierre said they are helping them as they are still employees of the Capitol.*