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Metro Newsbits for February 6,2014

BENEFITS FOR CITY WORKERS

Two Quezon City councilors have filed separate proposals seeking the increase of benefits provided for City Hall employees. First district Councilor Victor Ferrer wants the quarterly rice subsidy increased by P500 for regular City Hall employees while third district Councilor Allan Benedict Reyes has proposed the provision of loyalty service benefits for contractual employees who have served for at least ten continuous years. In his proposed ordinance, Ferrer said there is a need to increase the amount of quarterly rice subsidy provided for regular employees at the City Hall “to conform and bring up to date with current market price of rice.” Employees currently receive P1,000 every quarter for rice subsidy following the passage of an ordinance in 2009. (Chito A. Chavez)

COPS RELIEVED

Two ranking police officials of the Navotas Police were relieved for failure to contain the series of crime incidents in their jurisdictions. Chief Supt. Edgar Layon, Northern Police District (NPD) director, ordered the relief of Police Senior Insp. Armando Fabian, head of Police Community Precinct-5, and Police Insp. Marianito Cosape, assigned at PCP-1. Fabian was replaced by Insp. Felix Descalso, former head of the Navotas Police special reaction unit, while Cosape was replaced by SPO1 Edgar Caisip. Layon assigned the two relieved officials to the NPD’s administration holding area. Senior Supt. Conrado Gungon, city police chief, said the two have been relieved for their alleged failure to a contain series of crime incidents in their respective areas which registered the most number of crimes committed. (Ed Mahilum)

TAX GOALS

The local committee on franchising in Malabon is eyeing P1-billion tax in collections to finance projects of the city government. Noting an influx of business last year, Councilor Jimmy Dumalaog is hopeful that the city government will impose realistic measures in improving tax collection. He said the city should run after “delinquent taxpayers” and compel them to pay their unpaid obligations. He is hopeful that the targeted P1 billion in taxes will be met to help the city finance ongoing projects like roads, bridges, improvement of flood control projects, peace and order, among others. Dumalaog noted several malls are now being put up in the city that would bring more income and job opportunities. “This is a good sign that business climate is improving, but we have to impose right taxes on them,” he said. (Ed Mahilum)

OUTSTANDING OFFICIALS

The Eastern Police District Command (EPDC) is encouraging police in the cities of Mandaluyong, Marikina, Pasig and San Juan to participate in the search for the Outstanding Public Officials and Employees of 2014. In a memorandum, Police Senior Inspector Gavino Manuntag Corton, chief of the EPDC Personnel Management Section, said all uniformed and non-uniformed personnel can be candidates for the search. He encouraged EPDC personnel to select and recommend to the Chief PNP Uniformed Personnel their prospective nominees for the National and International Award. For this year, the 2014 Search For Outstanding Public Officials and Employees Award has three categories at stake: The Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award, Outstanding Public Officials and Employees Award, or the Dangal ng Bayan Award and the Civil Service Commission Pag-asa Award. (Madelynne Dominguez)