Budget forum goes to Culianan, Ayala PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 September 2011 16:59

Officials from the 20 barangays under Ayala District yesterday underwent a whole day Fiscal Administration forum, a yearly undertaking of the city government in line with the preparation of the 2012 executive budget.

Intended to ensure good management of barangay budget, the forum primarily includes discussion concerning the projected revenue and expenditure program of the city in 2012 as well as the necessary components in the budget program.

The forum yesterday, held at the Ayala Sports Center, was the third of a series of barangay forums that kicked off September 20 (Tuesday) at the Curuan National High School covering 23 barangays under the Vitali-Curuan District.  Sept. 21 was the turn of the barangays under Culianan District which was held at the Curuan National High School. 

Today, Sept. 23, the forum will cover the barangays within the city proper comprising of 27 barangays.
Mayor Celso Lobregat spearheaded the Ayala diagloue yesterday together with Councilor Nonong Guingona, the members of the City Finance Committee and  other department such as City Budget Officer Virginia Gara, City Treasurer Soledad Li, City  Accountant Sylvia Binarao, City Auditor Lourdes Lirio, City Planning and Development Office representative Luz Agbayani and several others. The mayor personally explained about the city’s revenue and expenditure programs and stressed on the need for barangays to undertake measures to augment local revenues considering the expected reduction in the city’s share of Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) starting January 2012.

The IRA reduction is attributed to the decrease in the national collection in 2009 (as the IRA is taken from tax collections made 3years earlier) and the conversion of 16 municipalities into cities even without complying with the requirements set under the law.

The forum also became an opportunity for the mayor to listen to issues and concerns raised by barangays officials.

A good management of barangay budget means the ability of barangay officials to efficiently manage revenues and expenditures to ensure fiscal balance.

Barangay officials who were included in the forum were barangay chairmen, chairmen, secretaries, treasurers and the chairmen of the barangay committee on appropriation.

The Ayala district covers the barangays of Ayala, Baluno, Cabatangan, Calarian, Capisan, Cawit, Dulian-Pasonanca, Labuan, La Paz, Limpapa, Maasin, Malagutay, Pamucutan, Patalon, Recodo, San Roque, Sinubong, Sinunuc, Talisayan and Tulungatung. — Sheila Covarrubias