BACOLOD City – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental renewed the contracts of 14 of the 15 consultants of the provincial government.
Provincial Board Member Salvador Escalante, chairman of the SP committee on finance, said they “held in abeyance” the contract of Dr. Eriberto Layda, the capitol consultant on pathology.
“In the case of Dr. Layda, we have yet to check on the possibility of double compensation since he is also serving as a consultant of Eleuterio T. Decena Memorial Hospital in Hinoba-an. Once cleared, we can take this up next week,” Escalante said.
He added that the contracts, which were approved during their regular session on Jan 10, 2018, are valid from January to December 2018.
It included the contract of former governor Rafael Coscolluela as consultant on investment promotions, trade and export development and inter-agency coordination.
Other consultants whose contracts were renewed are Roy Balicas for finance and administrative concerns; Nestor Bayona, community development, and special projects; Marilyn Manuel, research and development and allied concerns; Engineer Leoncio Jamora, vocational, technical, engineering education and other related tasks; and Manuel Lopez, energy management and other allied concerns.
Also serving as Capitol consultants are Rosemary Caunca for local governance and inter-local government alliance for agricultural productivity, Nancy Pestaño for tourism, Felix Silva for housing projects, Ma. Asuncion Belzunce for cultural arts, Milo Ibrado Jr. for peace and security and special concerns, Merly Fortu for financial and fiscal operations, Epimaco Bantiling for renewable energy, and Dr. David Pedrosa for pathology with consultancy period starting February.
Escalante said all consultants have “renewed” contracts except for Fortu, who retired as a regular employee.
Coscolluela and Balicas will get the highest pay of P91,000 per month.
The rest have rates ranging from P42,000 to P52,000, depending on the “nature” of their jobs and assignments.
Escalante said the capitol will spend P600,000 monthly on the consultants.
He stressed that the consultants’ compensations are covered by the Salary Standardization Law.