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Mandaluyong cited over unfair bonuses to traffic enforcers

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by Allan Yves Briones

The incentive scheme of the city government of Mandaluyong for its traffic officials has been criticized for being “not equitable.”

According to the Commission on Audit (COA), the bonuses granted to traffic enforcers as opposed to administrative staff and unit heads could not be considered fair.

“Considering that the Traffic Enforcers were the ones manning the streets of the City in whatever situation, they got lesser incentives compared to the other recipients of the reward instead of providing/giving them additional benefits due to the nature of their work,” COA stated in the 2018 annual audit report.

On April 6, 2017, the city government of Mandaluyong passed Ordinance No. 659, s. 2017, granting incentives to City Traffic and Parking Management Department (TPMD) personnel in recognition of the efficient and effective performance of their duties.

Under the ordinance, traffic enforcers shall receive 12 percent of the total collections from traffic fines and penalties. Unit heads and administrative staff will each receive 5 percent, with the latter dividing it proportionally.

Source: 2018 Annual Audit Report on the City of Mandaluyong

State auditors found that, on average, traffic enforcers received “far lesser” incentives compared to the heads of the enforcement units and the administrative staff, the latter receiving P177,580 and P51,844 each.

“Hence, it appears that the reward system being employed by the City is not equitable,” COA added, considering that the duties and responsibilities of unit heads and administrative staff “are part of their regular functions.”

The state auditing agency ordered the city government of Mandaluyong to revisit its incentive scheme, with the aim of recognizing the “invaluable contribution and hard work” of its traffic enforcers.

In the report, the TPMD agreed to adhere to the state auditors’ recommendations, communicating the need for a possible amendment with the city council.