Technical hearings for 2016 budget starts PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 10:55

by Sheila Covarrubias

The City Finance Committee Tuesday kicked marathon technical hearings in preparation for the finalization of the 2016 budget and its eventual submission to the City Council for approval.

The hearings set at the City Hall conference are expected to last for a week.

Discussions during the hearings center on the requirements for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) of the city’s different national high schools, vocational technical schools, the Regional Trial Court and Municipal Trial Court branches, Shari’a District Court,  Office of the City Prosecutor and the different departments of the city including the office of the City Mayor.

The City Government projects the 2016 budget to be over P2 billion, higher than the 2015 executive budget.  Security, Health and Education (SHE) will continue to be the priority of the present administration.

The 2015 budget is P2.597 Billion – P168 million more than the previous budget of P2.429 Billion.

Last June 10, Mayor Beng Climaco convened the City Development Council where the body approved the city’s P2.8 billion Annual Investment Plan (AIP).

The City Finance Committee is composed of the City Budget Officer, City Treasurer, City Auditor, City Accountant, City Planning and Development Officer and the Chairman of the Council committee on appropriations among others. Forming part of the committee based on a recent-approved circular are representatives from accredited Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).

Prior to the marathon budget hearings, the City Finance committee also met with all the officials from the City’s 98 barangays for the barangay budget forum, also preparatory to the finalization of the 2016 budget. — Sheila Covarrubias