Walang puso! 60 gov’t workers in Gattaran, Cagayan underpaid
At least 60 personnel for the municipal government of Gattaran in Cagayan were paid below the minimum monthly salary of P4,000 in 2015, state auditors said.
In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the net take home pay of 60 local government unit personnel were below the minimum amount of P4,000, which was “not in keeping” with the General Provisions of the 2015 General Appropriations Act.
The below the minimum wage pay violated the provisions of the appropriation law which states that the authorized deductions from the salary, such as Philhealth, cooperative funds, loans, among others, should not reduce the monthly net take home pay to an amount lower thann P4,000, the auditors said.
“The required minimum pay of P4,000 should be complied since the general intent of the law is to boost employee’s moral and self-esteem in order to promote efficiency and effectiveness in the government service,” the auditors added.
The COA urged the municipal mayor Matthew Nolasco to instruct the accountant to take into consideration the order of preference in deducting authorized deductions in the payroll, as well as adjust the deductions accordingly to meet the minimum net take home pay of P4,000.
The management vowed to comply with the audit recommendation.
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