DBM, DOF studying lawmakers' proposal to suspend bonuses of GOCC officials — Lacierda

September 2, 2010 11:26 am 

MANILA, Sept. 1 — Malacanang said on Wednesday the proposal of some senators for President Benigno S. Aquino III to issue an order suspending the payments of questionable bonuses of government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) officials is now being studied.

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a media briefing that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Department of Finance (DOF) are now studying the proposal.

Secretary Lacierda added that they are also studying the ways on how to review the different salaries and allowances the GOCC officials are getting.

In its inquiry, the Senate found out that huge perks and bonuses were enjoyed by officials of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), aside from their salaries.

MWSS officer-in-charge Miss Macra Cruz admitted during the Senate hearing that she and other officials of the MWSS get 25 month bonuses aside from their salaries and allowances.

Aside from the MWSS executives, the Senate also found out that former Social Security System (SSS) officials Thelmo Cunanan, Romulo Neri and now Leyte Rep. Sergio Apostol earned a combined total of P46.3 million in director’s fees by sitting on the board of Union Bank in 2009, which was discovered by Senator Franklin Dirlon, chairman of the Senate committee on finance.

Senator Drilon authored a resolution asking President Aquino to issue an executive order suspending the allowances and bonuses of the GOCC officials. (PNA)

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