Celso asks brgys: Help monitor infra projects PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 September 2011 16:32

Mayor Celso Lobregat on Thursday sought the assistance, support and cooperation of barangay officials in helping ensure the proper implementation of infrastructure projects in the city’s 98 barangays.

The mayor said this, as he assured that the city government is bent in pursuing its massive infrastructure program to bring development and progress in the barangays in the next two years.

“I ask all of you—barangay officials to help us monitor the implementation of projects in the barangays”, the mayor said in his message during the Barangay Fiscal Administration Forum for the 20 barangays under Ayala district held at the Ayala Sports Center Thursday.

The monitoring should be done before, during and after implementation of the projects to guarantee the realization of quality projects.

Once turned over to the barangays, the mayor stressed, the projects are supposed to be maintained and taken care of by the barangay officials.

The city government under the Lobregat administration has invested over P2billion worth of infrastructure projects since 2007. These projects include the construction or repair and rehabilitation of barangay halls, multi-purpose covered courts, rip rap and slope protection, school buildings, road concreting, fire stations, police action centers, health and wellness centers, lying in clinics and many more.

The mayor emphasized that the city government requires the assistance, support and cooperation of the barangays in the implementation of the projects to ensure that the projects undertaken either by contract or by administration are properly, effectively and efficiently implemented.

These projects, he said are done to help improve the delivery of services to the people in the barangays and ultimately alleviate the plight of Zamboanguenos.

Through sound fiscal management, the city government is able to maintain a well-balanced mix budget—whereby social services get the biggest chunk of the budget.

Because of sound fiscal management, the city government is able to implement many projects and accelerate the delivery of basic services, the mayor added.

On the other hand, the mayor also announced that the city government has allocated sufficient funds for the purchase of heavy-duty vehicles for the 90 mainland barangays and pump boats and multi-cabs for the 8 island barangays.

The planned purchase of the transportation facilities is now undergoing bidding process.

The mayor also effectively explained the city’s revenue and expenditure program as well as the expected reduction in the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) share of the city starting January 2012 due to the conversion of municipalities into cities and the decrease in tax collection by the national government in 2009.

The same message has been reiterated in all other budget forums held at the Curuan National High School multi-purpose hall last Sept. 20, Culianan National High School last Sept. 21 and at the Garden Orchid Hotel for barangay officials under the city proper area yesterday, Sept. 23.

The yearly budget forum in the barangays is intended to help barangay officials to effectively and efficiently manage their revenue and expenditure programs. It is also in line with the preparation for the 2012 executive budget. — Sheila Covarrubias