City Dev’t Council endorses P4.22 billion AIP for 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 14:31

Members of the City Development Council yesterday unanimously endorsed the 2013 supplemental Local Development Investment Plan (LDIP) in the amount of P1.13 billion and the 2013 Annual Investment Plan (AIP) amounting to P4.22 billion. 

Mayor Celso Lobregat, who heads the CDC, said the yearly meeting of the Council forms part of the preparation process for the 2013 budget. The process involves a series of activities and one of which is the CDC meeting to tackle the LDIP, which is a wish list of projects and the AIP, the so-called priority list of projects as culled out from the LDIP.

The LDIP is a 3-year program and is usually tackled after a mayor is elected for a 3-year term. In this case, the 2010-2013 LDIP amounting to P3.428 Billion was endorsed by the CDC on August 10, 2010 and approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod on August 19, 2010.

“What we are doing today is presenting the supplemental LDIP. What was planned 3 years ago for next year is now being reviewed and some things are added which is now the supplemental LDIP,” Mayor Lobregat stressed.

The AIP, on the other hand he said, is the priority list culled or picked out from the LDIP for funding allocation and implementation next year. “The AIP is a short list of priority projects from where the next year’s budget is based”.

The CDC meeting, held at the Garden Orchid Hotel, was attended by Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Councilors Nonong Guingona, Abdurahman Nuño, Lilia Nuño, Rudy Lim, Percival Ramos, Noning Biel and Mike Alavar; department heads, barangay officials, representatives from the multi-sectoral groups and other CDC members.

The resolutions of endorsement, authored by Councilor Abdurahman Nuño, were approved after Mayor Lobregat comprehensively discussed his administration’s prudent and judicious collection and expenditure program over the last 8 years.

In his message, the mayor took the opportunity of thanking the CDC members for giving him the honor and privilege to chair the Council for the last nine years. He likewise thanked the majority members of the City Council led by Vice Mayor Iturralde for being very supportive of the executive department that paved the way for the steady implementation of projects and programs for the benefit of the residents and the city of Zamboanga as a whole.

Due to sound fiscal management, the city government has been able to reduce the personal services component of the budget and the maintenance operation and other expenses and increased the capital outlay and equipment. After fixing the budget in his first term, Mayor Lobregat has been able to maintain a well-balanced mix of PS, MOOE and CO&E starting in his second to third terms resulting to the massive implementation of infrastructure projects and the acceleration of delivery of basic social services.

In terms of expense classification, social services and economic services get the bulk of the budget allocation followed by general public services.

The annual CDC meeting yesterday, was the last for Mayor Lobregat, as by operation of law, his 3-term limit expires next year.

In his message, the mayor expressed hope that the next mayor will be somebody who will continue the visions started by his late mother Mayor Maria
Clara Lobregat and continued during his term and somebody who will work sincerely for the best interest of the residents and the city.

He also urged the CDC members and all participants to the meeting to be firm and steadfast in their efforts to help propel further development and progress by not permitting the 3 G’s—guns, goons and gold to influence next year’s elections.

“Pabor ayuda ustedes proteje el proceso del eleccion. No bende con el di aton boto, no bende con el di aton derecho para bota y no bende con el Ciudad de Zamboanga” [Please help protect the electoral process, let us not sell our votes, let us not sell our right to vote and let us not sell Zamboanga City], the mayor added. — Sheila Covarrubias