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AG: No legal basis for cabinet members’ typhoon extra payments

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ATTORNEY General Edward Manibusan said regulations do not allow cabinet members to receive extra payment for typhoon emergency work.

“Nor is there any statute authorizing extra payment for typhoon emergency work. As such, even if the governor’s directives were intended to authorize such payment to cabinet members, there is no legal basis for doing so,” the AG said in his Jan. 13, 2020 letter to Public Auditor Michael Pai, a copy of which was obtained by Variety

The AG said a review of each employee who received typhoon emergency compensation would be necessary to determine whether or not they were properly paid.

He added that records from the Office of Personnel Management “should be reviewed to determine if the proper procedures were followed as directed in the regulations that identified the employees activated by [Homeland Security and Emergency Management] and the agency-employer to work directly on typhoon emergency/disaster relief.”

The AG said his office is “prepared to work with the public auditor’s staff in reviewing the option of recoupment of any overpayments made to employees based on OPA’s review and findings.”

In his letter to Pai, the AG said a question was brought   to the attention of the AG’s office   regarding the legality of the typhoon  emergency   compensation   of government employees  for typhoon emergency/relief   work performed  before and after Super Typhoon  Yutu made landfall   on Oct.  24-25, 2018.   

“I am providing  the Office of the Public  Auditor   with  the following   analysis   of the  propriety   of  the  typhoon   emergency   pay  pursuant   to  its  statutory   duty   to  oversee   all  audits   of  the Commonwealth   government,  which broadly  includes  an independent  examination   of the use of public  funds by any agency  or activity   of any agency.   Please note that the review and analysis   centers on the extra payment for typhoon  emergency  work for Civil   Service employees   (classified  and excepted  service)  and exempted  employees under the umbrella  of the Office  of the Governor,” the AG said.

 

 

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