Beng presides 2017 budget hearings PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 August 2016 16:16

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Mayor Beng Climaco together with the City Finance Committee on Wednesday kicked off marathon technical hearings in preparation for the finalization of the 2017 budget and its eventual submission to the City Council for approval.

The budget hearings set at the City Hall conference room expected to last for a week or two covering all the concerned departments and offices.

OIC City Budget Officer Ferdinando Alvarez in his presentation said the City’s budget has been increasing over the past years. In 2013, the city had a budget of P2.19 billion and increased to P2.43 billion in 2014 representing a 10.96%. The amount further soared to P2.60 billion in 2015 representing a 7% increase and further increased to P2.82 billion in 2016 representing an 8.46% increase.

For 2017, the estimated budget is P3.13 billion.

Discussions during the hearings center on the requirements for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE).

For 2017, Mayor Climaco will continue with her priority thrust on Security, health and Education (SHE).

Last week, the mayor also convened the City Development Council where the body approved the city’s annual investment plan (AIP).

Aside from the City Departments including the Office of the City Mayor and the City Council, also involved in the hearings will be the 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.

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