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Mayor Gomez cancels LGU party for “job orders”

MAYOR RICHARD Gomez has cancelled the LGU Christmas Party scheduled on the evening of Friday, December 21, after he was told in the morning of the party that the city’s “job orders” have not yet received their salaries for December 1-15.

Mayor Gomez said that he cannot, in his conscience, allow JOs to suffer a bleak Christmas while the regular employees and casual plantilla who are paid higher and receive bonuses and other perks have a good time. The regular and casual employees also received their Collective Ne-gotiation Agreement bonu∂s of P 25,000.00 on the same day.

The mayor said that he re-ceived a text from a friend on the morning of Friday about the JOs ORMOC EVBL BASKETBALL WINS 3-MILLION FROM AN WARAY. The Ormoc Team of the Eastern Visayas Basketball League headed by cager Rey Evangelista emerged the champion in their first season and won the prize of the An Waray Cup of P 3-million. The prize will be in the form of a schoolbuilding. The EVBL are seen here paying a courtesy call to Mayor Richard Gomez, who said he still has to choose the school where the prize will be constructed. Councilor Vincent Rama is also in the picture. and when he checked and found out it was true, he immediately cancelled the party. The “Sayawit” inter-department contest, which would have been the party’s highlight, have been moved to December 28.

The mayor noted that next week is a long holiday. As he was telling the EV Mail about it, the news came out that President Rodrigo Duterte had also declared December 26 as a non-working holiday.

“Looy ang mga JOs, mag party-party unya sila wa maswel-dohe. Kagagmay na gani sa ilang sweldo,” he said. Mayor Gomez ordered the City Treasurer’s Office to find ways to pay the JO’s, even if it meant that they will have to work overtime on Friday and Saturday.

He also called for a special meeting with the city accounting, city treasurer and budget office on Saturday. Ormoc City has almost 2,000 “JOs” receiving P 260.00 per day, without any leaves, bonuses, even 13th month pay. They occupy various jobs, from clerical to the menial work like sweeping the streets and cleaning the toilets.

It was learned that by Friday afternoon, the treasurer’s office started paying out the JOs and will do overtime until Saturday, if needed. By Lalaine Marcos

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