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Walang awa! 23 gov’t workers in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte underpaid

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There are 23 employees in the municipal government of Bacarra in Ilocos Norte who received a monthly net take home pay below P3,000 in 2015, state auditors said.

In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said a verification of the monthly paid payrolls and other documents revealed that of the 109 municipal officials and employees, 23 employees received a net take home pay below the required minimum net pay of P3,000.

Of the 23 employees, there were two employees who did not even receive any pay at all, the auditors said.

Auditors said the receipt of below P3,000 take home pay runs counter to Section 48 of the General Provisions of Republic Act No. 10651 or the General Appropriation Act 2015, “thus defeating the purpose of maintaining sufficient amount for family subsistence.”

The said law states that “In no case shall the foregoing deductions (such as loans, contributions to Bureau of Internal Revenue, Philhealth, GSIS, etc.) reduce the employee’s monthly net take home pay to an amount lower than P3,000.”

“The status of low net take home pay of the employees might lead to the weakening of their commitment to public service or impair their work efficiency. Worst, it might expose any personnel in becoming vulnerable to temptation of corruption or prone to unlawful means of earning,” the auditors said.

The audotors urged the municipal mayor Nicomedes Dela Cruz to strictly comply with the provisions of the appropriations law by screening the loan application of its employees so that the monthly net take home pay would not be reduced to an amount below P3,000.

The COA also recommended restructuring the deductions, particularly debt servicing of the concerned employees, to conform to the required amount of net take home pay.

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