Celso to DepEd budget delegates: ‘Manage your finances effectively’ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:19

Mayor Celso Lobregat has advised officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) from Regions 6, 7 and 9 to manage their finances effectively and efficiently, stressing that majority of the department’s budget goes to the salary of public school teachers and very little is left for other expenses.

“It is also crucial that you identify your immediate needs and to prioritize them. Because your budget proposal will cover an entire fiscal year, you should also try to anticipate other expenses that you might incur in the coming year, not to mention the need for infrastructures and other projects to better the quality of education,” Mayor Lobregat told the delegates to the DepEd’s seminar on Strengthening the Planning and Budgeting Process and Preparation for FY 2013 Budget Proposal at a local hotel Tuesday.

Like all government agencies, Lobregat said, the DepEd is operating on a tight budget. “Although DepEd gets a huge slice of the national budget, this does not mean you have unlimited funding,” he said, citing the importance of effective and efficient fiscal management of government funds.

“All of you here play crucial roles in ensuring not only that there are sufficient funds to implement projects and programs but these financial resources are spent prudently and judiciously as intended and allocated,” he told the DepEd officials coming from different regions all over the country.

In the case of city government of Zamboanga, the chief executive took pride in his administration for taking extra care in spending the city’s funds wisely. “We work closely with our finance committee to make sure that everybody in the city government is not overzealous with the expenditures.”

Building on the successes the city government has made in the last eight years, Lobregat said his administration continues to be prudent and judicious in the allocation of the city’s revenues and resources. “We continue to ensure that this money is spent wisely and sensibly.”

According to him, high priority is placed in education even as he reported that from 2007-2011, the city government has already invested P846.3 million in the construction, repair of school buildings, fences, comfort rooms, stages, covered courts and other education-related projects in public schools—all
intended to ensure a better future for the city’s youth.

For this year, the local government has entered into a contract with the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College for the production of 6,250 chairs for elementary schools at a cost of P5 million and 2,500 chairs for secondary schools at a cost of P2 million.

Under the contract, the Polytechnic College will manufacture the chairs through its carpentry or woodwork department while the city will fund the project. The city government will in turn distribute these chairs to selected public schools.

At the end of his speech, Lobregat designated the DepEd officials to be city’s ambassadors of goodwill and tourism as he belied as negative impressions most people have about Zamboanga, Asia’s Latin City. — Vic Larato