Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama yesterday distributed to barangay officials a total of P7.128 million as cash incentives.
Political rival Rep. Tomas Osmeña of the south district said the use of the term “incentive” was incorrect.
Incentives should only be given to barangay officials who performed well.
“But if you get it even if you are absent all the time, calling it an incentive is wrong English. What was handed to them were dole-outs,” said Osmeña
According to City Treasurer Ofelia Oliva, each of the city’s 80 barangays received a total of P89,100.
Barangay captains were given P13,500; P8,000 for barangay councilors; P5,400 each for barangay secretary and treasurer; and P8,100 for SK chairman for a total of P7.128 million.
Yesterday’s distribution covers the month of January to March this year.
Rama said the cash incentives to barangay officials were given in recognition of their work in the frontlines of local governance. /Correspondent Tweeny M. Malinao