Escudero wants gov’t bonuses included in regular budgets



Senator Francis Escudero. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Senator  Francis “Chiz” Escudero now wants  the bonuses of government  workers  to be  included in the  budget  of each  government agency  so as to avoid another  controversy on the use of its  savings.

At present, Escudero said there is no item in the General Appropriations Act for the bonuses of the employees but the heads of government agencies can use the offices’ savings as source of such fund.

“Ang ginagawa ng kada departamento, nagpo-propose sila sa amin ng mga item, ng mga position, ng mga programa na simulat simula wala naman silang intention o plano na ipatupad (So what each department does is they propose to us an item, positions, or programs that they don’t intend or  plan to implement from the very start),” he said during a regular forum on Thursday.

“Ang nakakaaalam lamang e yung kalihim at yung finance, under-secretary nya na doon huhugutin at dun kukunin bilang savings pagkatapos ng taon. Yun ang ibibigay nilang bonus (Only the Secretary and his finance, undersecretary know that they source it from the savings at the end of the year. That’s what they give as bonuses),”  he said .

He cited as example the budget that Congress had approved in the past for 15, 000 new teachers every year but the Department of Education would only hire about 7,000 new teachers.

The budget for the remaining 8,000 positions, he said, was then considered savings and re-aligned for bonuses of the department’s employees.

So while  he believes that there was nothing  unconstitutional with the  P2.2 million additional maintenances and other operating expenses (MOOE) given to senators last year, Escudero proposed  that the bonuses  for government employees should now be reflected in the budget.

The MOOE given to the senators was sourced from the budget of  the office vacated by then senator and now  President  Benigno Aquino III.

Escudero said if an agency has indeed an excess budget or savings, it should be immediately declared to avoid any wrong impression.

“Sana what you see is what you get. Kung para sa bonus yan, ilagay nyo ng bonus. Huwag nang maglokohan na nakalagay sa isang item na gagastusin din pala para sa bagay na yun,” he further said.

Since 2010, Escudero said his office  returned  more than  P1 million savings to either the Senate or the National Treasury.

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  • tata_boy

    Dapat sapat na iyong 13th month pay as their bonus, lahat ng savings balik sa kaan ng bayan.

  • Ugly Bunny

    Hindi lang dapat kasama sa regular budgets, dapat regulated din, tulad ng nangyari sa Senado, yung suhol este lambing ng matandang hukluban sa inyo.

    Ok lang naman sa aming mga tax payers na may bonus ang mga government officials, if they truly deserve it. Pero sana wag naman yung milyones katao, tulad ng nangyari sa Senado.

    Ok ba sa iyo un Escudero?

  • $26606290

    After your years in the Senate and receiving these annual bonuses, ngayon ka Lang nagsasalita kasi nabukingking kayo….bakla!

  • Jef

    Sen Escudero believes that there was nothing  unconstitutional with the  P2.2 million additional maintenances and other operating expenses (MOOE) given to senators last year…bulahin lolong mo now sabihin mong additional MOOE eh ginawang GIFT or BONUS lolong mo JPE SHAME ON YOU  pari pariho lang kayo wala na akong tiwala sa inyo…Look yong iba binigay mid of Nov din yong 1.6M katapusan ng taon..anong pinagsasabi mong additional operating expenses…sabihin nagpasarap kayo sa pera ng bayan 2.2M GIFT unconscionable. Kamo why dont you propose that there should be a certain or fix amount yong gawing BONUS to every department or government agency or dapat walang conversion sa bawat saving at kung may saving man should be returned to the national treasury….Yong iba ayaw gastusin sa intended purpose project gusto gawing saving din gawing gift or bonus…hanep mahiya naman kayo sa sarili nyo dami nating kababayan naghihirap yong iba naghahanap buhay sa ibang bansa para lang mapaaral yong mga anak kayo nagpapasarap….

  • Francisco

    Well, here goes the senators again.. Payabangan na naman. Chiz is one of the them. Too bad they all belong to the same tribe of greedy people. Time for you guys to quit the grandstanding and truly serve the people.

  • magiting78

    Hmmm pa impress ka naman sorry baka si Heart lng naguyo mo not me lols…

  • RyanE

    Bonuses should be applicable only to government agencies that generate revenues like BIR, BOC, etc. if and when they exceeded their annual targets. For agencies that are not generating but spend peoples’ taxes like Congress, 13th-month pay should be enough.

  • Fulpol

    savings? bonuses? yes legal…

    but a form of “legalized corruption”…

    very common practice in the gov’t… they legalized corruption, extensively…

  • Facilitator1

    “So while he believes that there was nothing  unconstitutional with the  P2.2 million additional maintenances and other operating expenses (MOOE) given to senators last year.”

    You’re correct Sen Escudero. Everything is LEGIT and no one is questioning Sen Enrile’s authority to disburse funds because it’s part of his power/authority, as Senate President, to determine, adjudicate, and control Senate’s finances. 

    The MAIN issue or CLAMOR is the abuse of authority and most specially, Sen Enrile’s actions and conduct as the steward/administrator of the people’s money is MORALLY REPULSIVE.

    If you don’t see even an IOTA of wrong doing from Sen Enrile’s fiscal management/leadership or his predecessors, then you’re as guilty and uncaring/callous–Mr Senator–as them–unworthy to be called a SENATOR of the REPUBLIC.

  • labcu

    ang tagal nang alam ang mga kalokohan bakit ngayon lang magpropose na malapit na naman ng election? to make look concerned and more votes?

  • Janch

    Kung may savings dapat isauli sa National treasury.  Gagawan pa ng lusot para majustify yung mga ibinigay sa kanyang “christmas gifts.”  At ngayong, hindi na talaga itatago na kunwari para sa office expenses, kung di directsuhang bonus — diretso sa bulsa nila ang pera.  

  • JV Velarde

    If the budget is for 15,000 thousand new teachers or new judges or policemen, it should be utilized specifically as justified during congressional budget hearings. If not, it must be returned to the national treasury & used for funding of the next national budget. 

    Congress, the executive & judicial branch of government should be crystal clear about this to rid itself of allegations of graft & corruption.

    Kung hinde nila kayang gawin ito, huwag na tayong maglokohan at magsayang ng laway sa mga congressional budget hearings.

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    “Escudero wants gov’t bonuses included in regular budgets”
    Safe answer. Papalakpak na ba kami Chiz?

  • indiosbravos2002

    Im not in favor of any bonuses for government officials for the simple reason that they dont deserve any. Basic deliverables nila trabaho nila. Kadamihan dyan wala namang value, ginawan lang ng posisyon o napasok lang sa serbisyo. The fact na may trabaho sila ay sobrang bonus na.

  • Bansot

    Senator Escudero’s statements merely confirm my previous postings that most government departments manipulate their budgeted expenses or employ smoothing techniques in order to show cost savings at the end of the budget period,hence distribute these unspent funds as bonuses. Re alingment of funds is in reality a smoothing process . Auditors and accounting professionals are aware that this practice is unethical but nobody wants to blow the whistle, because the promotions and/or appointments of department heads are at the mercy  of the “COMMISSION ON APPOINTMENTS,”, a body controlled & composed of crocodiles from the legislative branch of our goverment.

    • im_earth

       i think JPE blew it already. we dont know it if he intentionally had planned why he divulged information that he gave bonuses to SENARTOR about millions.

      maybe he wanted new law regarding on that to implement/change it if someone replaced him.

  • Usi Sero

    Bonuses for deserving public servant is fine but as we all know, it’s still subject to “palakasan”. 

    Why not make government salaries more competitive and set budget for yearly increase tied to performance? All employees should be required to submit verifiable accomplishments during the year. Consistent under performing employees can be subjected to disciplinary action including termination.

  • J

    Lumalabas na matagal na practice ang pag-kupit ng sobra na budgets… o kaya talagang sinosobrahan ang budget para may makupit.
    Hindi dapat palagpasin ang nagawang pamimigay ng salapi ng bayan ng ganun ganun lang samantalang may mga lubhang nangangailangan na dapat mabigyan ng tulong. Treason o pagtataksil sa kanilang sinumpaang tungkulin sa bayan na dapat maparusahan.

  • ruben_bush

    Chiz….. isaoli niyo na lang kaya yang x’mas gift ni JPE?????

    • F alonso

      he will return it,,only in your dreams.

  • Observer_din

    tumutula na naman kaya siya ng sinabi niya to? mahilig sa rhyming at papogi to eh.. hehehe

  • joshmale2004

    Matagal ka na palang aware sa maling practice na yan ng mga sangay ng Gobyerno. Bakit ngayon ka lang magpapanukala na palitan. ibig sabihin for so many years nang ganyan na practice, how many hundred millions na ang nasasayang na perang pinaghahatian ng mga emplyeado ng gobyerno.

  • Crusade_r

    Never heard this guy proposed a nice plan, and now when he finally did, it`s for his own good.  Why can`t we Filipinos vote wisely.

  • i_am_filipino

    If escudero is the president, then he wants his salary increased but, are we satisfied on his public service to pocket the extra budget coming from people supposedly to be returned instantly?

  • F alonso


  • F alonso

    Ewan sa mga Senador natin,nahalal at naka puwesto na,maghanap pa ng malaking bonus.Ang pag ka Senador at presidente ay Public service.Nahalal kayo para pag silbihan ang taong Bayan.Hindi kasali sa work niyo ang pag propose ng guideline para mas malaki ang kikitain niyo.
    Ang isipin ninyo kung paano ma minimize ang budget para may pambili tayo ng Fighter planes,sinasakop na tayo ng China.Mabuhay po kayo.

  • disqusted0fu

    Even if bonuses were included in the regular budgets, there will still be some loopholes for corruption that I am sure government officials will find. Especially now that the focus of the administration is only on a selected few. It is time for the FOI bill to be certified as urgent and be passed so there will be legitimate transparency in our government.

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