Beng leads budget forum for barangays PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:20

by Sheila Covarrubias

Mayor Beng Climaco together with the City Finance Committee spearheads the conduct of budget forum for the different barangays in the city in line with the city’s preparation for the 2016 executive budget.

The forum started Tuesday, Sept. 29 covering the Curuan-Vitali cluster that consists of 23 barangays that include Licomo, Tictapul, Limaong, Mangusu, Sibulao,Tigbalabag, Tagasilay, Buenavista, Curuan, Quiniput, Taguiti, Dulian-Bungiao, Muti, Dita, Vitali, Calabasa, Latuan, Lubigan, Tumitus, Bungiao, Sangali, Bolong and Panubigan. It was held at the Astoria Hotel.

Tomorrow, the forum will cover the barangays under the Culianan cluster and will be held also at the Astoria Hotel. The west coast barangays and those barangays located within the city proper is also set.

The participants to the forum include the barangay chairmen, secretaries, treasurers and the chairmen of the barangay committee on appropriation.

To discuss issues concerning the proposed budget for 2016 together with Mayor Climaco will be City Budget Officer Virginia Gara; City Treasurer Soledad Li; City Accountant Sylvia Binarao; City Planning and Development Officer Engr. Rodrigo Sicat, Councilor Gerky Valesco who chairs the Council Committee on Appropriation and the City Auditor

The city government commenced marathon hearings for the 2016  Executive Budget a month ago with the end in view of finalizing the proposal for submission to the City Council in due time.

The Chief Executive presided over the hearings at the City Hall conference room together with the Finance Committee concentrating on the requirements for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) of the different national high schools, city departments, Regional Trial Court and Municipal Trial Court branches, Shari’ah District Court, Office of the City Prosecutor and other agencies that receive assistance and support from the city government.

Public schools, though they are under the Department of Education (DEPED), get assistance from the city government in the form of school buildings and other education-related projects including allowances for public school teachers.

Separate budget hearings were also conducted for the different departments under the city government. — Sheila Covarrubias