City Hall prepares P3.4B Annual Budget for FY 2019 Print
Saturday, 23 June 2018 15:49

The City Government of Zamboanga is now in the thick of preparations for its executive budget amounting to P3.4 billion for fiscal year 2019.

Mayor Beng Climaco said the preparations started with the annual executive budget forum conducted last Monday where members of the civil society organizations together with city department heads deliberated on the proposed budget to be submitted to the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

She said the biggest bulk of the annual budget will go to her administration’s priority thrusts on security, health and education of the SHE programs and activities alongside with infrastructures and basic social services.

“We hope that more projects will be implemented in the barangays, public schools and security sector,” the mayor said during her weekly guesting on “Dateline Teleradyo,” a public affairs program of IBC-TV11, Thursday morning.

Climaco said during her term the city government has extended a total of P1.2 billion worth of assistance to the security sectors, and almost the same amount was given to the education sector, foremost of which is the ongoing construction of 22 climate change resilient school buildings, armchairs.

The proposed budget also includes the increased monthly allowance of 5,300 public school teachers from P700 to 1,000 each, except those newly hired by the Local School Board about 40 of them.

In another development, Climaco bared the plan soon to be realized, which is the free film showing especially for senior citizens in the barangays.

“Coming soon is another innovative programs “libre cine” for our lolos and lolas,” she said, with Councilor Teodyver Arquiza tasked to work for this program.

Meanwhile, Climaco has reiterated her earlier marching orders to the local security force to increase police visibility in the city, particularly in downtown Zamboanga.

She has instructed the police and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to submit to her their report on security plan for Zamboanga City, even as she commended the police for the swift arrest of the suspect in the shooting incident last week at the waterfront public market.

At present, she said most of the police officers headed by Sr. Supt. Diomarie Albarico are undergoing retraining at the Public Safety College in Pasonanca to upgrade their skills.-(Vic Larato)