City gov’t consults public schools on 2012 budget PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 16:06

Consultations concerning the city’s 2012 Executive Budget resumed yesterday with discussions focused on the requirements for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) of different national high schools in the city.

Mayor Celso Lobregat who presided over the budget hearing together with members of the City Finance Committee said national high schools form part of the groups being consulted every year as these institutions receive funds from the city government.

School principals and administrators presented their budgets and targets for consideration in the proposed 2012 budget.
The technical budget hearing will continue until the middle of this week to cover all sectors and agencies or offices concerned.  Today will be the turn of the different city departments to present their budget proposals.

Budget hearings for next year’s executive budget kicked off July 6 with the hope of finalizing the proposal and consequently its submission to the City Council in due time.

Though their operation is funded by the Department of Education (DePEd), public secondary as well as elementary schools in the city get assistance and support from the city government in the form of school buildings and other education-related projects as well as cash allowances for the teachers.

Since improving the city’s financial condition in 2007, Mayor Lobregat has prioritized the construction of school buildings and other education-related projects on the premise that the education will help give the youth a better future.

The mayor has always emphasized that the city government cannot wait for DepEd to acquire the needed funds to construct school buildings and other education-related projects. With sufficient wherewithal, the city government has invested over P700 million for education-related projects during the last four years.

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.

Present during the technical hearing yesterday were Councilors Nonong Guingona and Rudy Lim, City Budget Officer Virginia Gara, City Accountant Sylvia Binarao, City Treasurer Soledad Li, City Planning and Development Officer Melinda Cabato, General Services Officer Engr. Rene de la Cruz, Prof. Bert Torres and other members and staff of the City Finance Committee. — Sheila Covarrubias