|Reference No. (2019-08-24)
|FOR :||THE HONORABLE CITY MAYORS
|FROM :||Atty. Shereen Gail C. Yu-Pamintuan
|RE :||Request to Exempt Local Chief Executives from the restrictive provisions of E.O. no. 77
|DATE:||20 August 2019|
During the 68th General Assembly, LCP Representative for Region X and Tangub City Mayor Jennifer W. Tan presented the background and salient points of Executive Order (EO) No. 77, which prescribes the rules and regulations and rates of expenses and allowances for official local and foreign travels of government personnel. Under EO No. 77, the allowed Daily Travel Expenses (DTE) of government personnel increased from PhP800 to PhP1,500–PhP2,200, depending on the Regional Cluster of the LGU. The EO also applies to Local Chief Executives (LCEs) who are previously entitled to claim actual travelling expenses. Mayor Tan clarified that local governments pushed for an increase in the DTE for the benefit of the employees. On the other hand, submitting LCEs to the same provision may have repercussions on their safety and security.
Against this backdrop, Mayor Tan called on the General Assembly to appeal for an exemption of LCEs from the restrictive provision of the EO. A signature drive for this purpose followed. A total of 41 City Mayors and authorized representative were able to sign the petition (Annex A: List of Member-Cities Supporting the Call for Exemption).
Based on the outcome, a considerable number of member-cities agree that LCEs must be permitted to claim actual travelling expenses. Nonetheless, in order for the LCP to issue an official General Assembly Resolution, additional votes are needed. Accordingly, the Secretariat seeks your support, particularly those who are yet to manifest their formal position on the matter.
Kindly indicate your vote on the matter by checking the appropriate box below.
I, Mayor ___________________________ of the City of __________________, do hereby cast my vote on the:
_____ LCEs should be allowed to claim actual travelling expenses.
_____ LCEs should not be allowed to claim actual travelling expenses and must comply with EO 77.
We would appreciate receiving your feedback by 23 August 2019. Kindly email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or you may get in touch with the LCP Secretariat at telephone nos. 02.470.6837, 02.470.6813, and 02.470.6843 or mobile nos. 0915.750.0713 (Globe) and 0939.771.4677 (Smart) for any inquiries or clarifications. Kindly look for Mr. Segfrey Gonzales.
Very truly yours,
Atty. Shereen Gail C. Yu-Pamintuan