City Dev’t Council endorses supplemental 2012 LDIP-AIP PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 July 2011 16:52

The City Development Council (CDC) Friday unanimously endorsed the P865.9 million supplemental Local Development Investment Plan (LDIP) for 2012.
At the same time, the CDC headed by Mayor Celso Lobregat unanimously approved and endorsed the P1.64 million 2012 annual investment plan (AIP).

The LDIP is a wish list of projects for priority implementation in 2012 while the AIP is the list of projects included for funding in the 2012 budget. The projects included in the LDIP and the AIP are based on the recommendations of the barangay councils and the non-government organizations and other members of the CDC.

Of the total P1.6 billion 2012 AIP, P1.4million is for infrastructure projects while P232 million is for equipment.
Mayor Lobregat said the CDC meeting is the first step in budget preparation, after which the City’s Finance Committee will meet and consult with different offices and even the barangays before finalizing and submitting to the City Council the 2012 proposed executive budget.

The P865.9 million supplemental LDIP is on top of the 2012 LDIP of P1.4 billion as approved last August 10, 2010. But even if approved and endorsed by the CDC, the list of projects in the 2012 LDIP will be subject to revisions or amendments to be proposed by the different barangays and NGOs concerned on or before July 20.
The projects cover the 10 flagship projects identified in the City Development Strategy and these include development of parks and gardens, development of the city’s resettlement projects, construction of barangay water supply projects, construction of sewage, drainage and flood control projects; construction of school buildings; development of public cemeteries; expansion of city road network; construction of sanitary landfill facility and transfer stations; construction of integrated bus terminal and construction of a multi-level commercial parking deck and retail building/market complex.

“This is a concrete example of participatory governance”, the mayor said in an interview stressing that the CDC is composed of the 98 barangays, 2 congressional offices, NGOs, office of the city mayor, and the Council chairmen of the Committees on appropriation and barangay affairs.

Lobregat has successfully laid the foundation for good governance during his first term in 2004-2007, allowing the city of Zamboanga to reap the fruits of his labor in his second term when billions worth of infrastructure projects were implemented with adequate funds still available for accelerated social services and privileges and benefits for workers and volunteers.

In his third term, Mayor Lobregat has promised to undertake more projects and programs for the city given the stable financial condition of the city.
With the CDC approval of the LDIP and AIP, the two documents will be forwarded to the City Council for proper action.

In his message during the CDC meeting held at the Garden Orchid Hotel convention center, the mayor announced the impending decrease in the city’s  Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) share starting next year as advised by the Department of Budget and Management in view of two things: the decrease in collection of taxes in 2009 and the conversion of 16 municipalities into cities even without following the requirements under the law.

The resolution endorsing the LDIP was authored by Councilor Abdurahman Nuno while the resolution endorsing the AIP was authored by Councilor Nonong Guingona.

Present during the CDC meeting Friday morning were House Deputy Speaker Beng Climaco, Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Councilors Nonong Guingona, Abdurahman Nuno, Percival Ramos, Lilia Nuno, Eddie Saavedra, Joana Mas and VP Elago, city department heads, barangay chairman from the city’s 98 barangays and representatives from the civil society and private sector. — Sheila Covarrubias