Consultations start on 2012 city budget PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 July 2011 17:27

Marathon hearings for the 2012 Executive Budget commenced  July 6 with the hope of finalizing the proposal for submission to the City Council in due time.
Mayor Celso Lobregat presided over the hearing together with the his Finance Committee concentrating on the requirements for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) of the different national high schools, the Regional Trial Court and Municipal Trial Court branches, Shari’a District Court and Office of the City Prosecutor.

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.

While it is the mandated duty of the national government through the DEPED to fund all requirements for public schools, the Lobregat administration has made it a commitment to assist and support the education sector by constructing schools buildings and other infrastructures in a bid to improve quality of education.

Since improving the budget in 2007, the city invested over P700 million for education without borrowing any single centavo from any financial institution. No less than Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro has expressed elation and appreciation over the city’s tremendous support to education.

The city government uses Special Education Fund (SEF) and portion of the general fund to assist the DEPED in their programs specially hiring of Local School Board teachers, participation in division, regional and national meets and other school building project.

Mayor Lobregat emphasized that his administration will be ever-aggressive in its support to education as he considers the education of the young as a priority program.
This week the technical budget hearing will continue and focus of the discussion will be the proposed budgets for the different city departments and other offices.

When he was first elected into office in 2004, the annual budget of the city was P1.034 billion. In 2010 the budget was P1.997 billion and in 2011 the budget was P2.110 billion. The 2012 budget is expected to surpass the 2011 record. — Sheila Covarrubias