Celso leads budget forum for barangays PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 September 2012 14:20

Mayor Celso Lobregat together with the City Finance Committee spearheads the conduct of budget forum for the different barangays in the city in line with the city’s preparation for the 2013 executive budget.

The forum starts today covering the Curuan-Vitali cluster that consists of 23 barangays that include Licomo, Tictapul, Limaong, Mangusu, Sibulao,Tigbalabag, Tagasilay, Buenavista, Curuan, Quiniput, Taguiti, Dulian-Bungiao, Muti, Dita, Vitali, Calabasa, Latuan, Lubigan, Tumitus, Bungiao, Sangali, Bolong and Panubigan.

Tomorrow, the forum will cover the barangays under the Culianan cluster and will be held at the Culianan covered court. The west coast barangays and those barangays located within the city proper will have their forum on Wednesday.

The participants to the forum include the barangay chairmen, secretaries, treasurers and the chairmen of the barangay committee on appropriation.

To elucidate issues concerning the proposed budget for 2013 together with Mayor Lobregat will be Councilor Nonong Guinona, who chairs the Council committee on appropriations; City Budget Officer Virginia Gara; City Treasurer Soledad Li; City Accountant Sylvia Binarao; City Planning and Development Officer Engr. Rodrigo Sicat and City Auditor Lourdes Lirio. 

The city government commenced marathon hearings for the 2013  Executive Budget a month ago with the end in view of finalizing the proposal for submission to the City Council in due time.

The mayor on August 1 convened the City Development Council (CDC) whose members 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.

LDIP is a wish list of projects while the AIP is the so-called priority list of projects culled out from the LDIP.

Mayor Lobregat also presided over the hearings at the City Hall conference room together with the his Finance Committee concentrating on the requirements for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) of the different national high schools, city departments, Regional Trial Court and Municipal Trial Court branches, Shari’ah District Court, Office of the City Prosecutor and other agencies that receive assistance and support from the city government. 

Public schools, though they are under the Department of Education (DEPED), get assistance from the city government in the form of school buildings and other education-related projects including allowances for public school teachers.

Separate budget hearings were also conducted for the different departments under the city government.

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. — Sheila Covarrubias