Celso urges early preparation of brgy budget PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:49

While the city government has already submitted its annual budget for 2013 to the Sangguniang Panlungsod for approval, the 98 barangays were given until October to submit their 2013 budget. Otherwise, they have nothing to spend in January next year.

“You have to start preparing your budget now. You cannot spend barangay funds without the budget,” Mayor Lobregat told the barangay officials during the Barangay Budget Administration Forum Monday in Curuan, east of this city.

Lobregat reminded the barangay officials that very important in their budget are appropriations for the maintenance of their 4x4 pick-up vehicles, especially the registration and gasoline, registration of firearms for the barangay tanod and appropriation for bullets.

In his message, Lobregat focused on the sound fiscal management that his administration had instituted in 2004, for which the city’s finances had dramatically increased, giving the city so much funds for projects and social services program.

On the bottom-up budgeting, which is now required of all local government units, the chief executive said his administration has been involving the grassroots in the preparation of the city’s annual budget.

“Long before the bottom-up budgeting was made a requirement, we have already been practicing it. That is why we have this budget forum every year to get barangay officials and the constituents involved in budget preparation,” he explained.

For her part, City Budget Officer Virginia San Agustin Gara reminded the barangay officials that their budget must include appropriations for disaster preparedness not less than 5% of their regular sources of income, pursuant to RA 10121, otherwise known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010.

Under the law, the 5% calamity fund must cover 70% for disaster preparedness, which include pre- and post- disaster preparedness, and 30% for quick response fund or standby fund for relief and emergency situations.

“Any unexpended amount shall accrue to the trust fund within the next five years,” Gara said.

She also explained that city government officials and employees may serve as members of the barangay tanod or lupong, but they are not to be paid for their service in the barangay as they are receiving salary from the city government.

The barangay officials were advised to purchase their commonly use supplies and equipment from the Depot (located at the city gymnasium in Tetuan), which offers cheap prices on all items.

City Accountant Sylvia Binarao, who spoke on issues and concerns on barangay accounting, urged barangay officials not to delay their budget for 2013. “No annual budget, no honoraria for January 2013,” she warned.

Monday’s budget forum in Curuan was attended by officials from barangays Bolong, Buenavista, Bunguiao, Calabasa, Curuan, Dita, Dulian-Bunguiao, Latuan, Licomo, Limaong, Lubigan, Mangusu, Muti, Panubigan, Quiniput, Sangali, Sibulao, Tagasilay, Taguiti, Tictapul, Tigbalabag, Tumitus and Vitali.

Yesterday, the forum was conducted in Culianan for barangays Boalan, Busay, Cabaluay, Cacao, Culianan, Divisoria, Guisao, Lamisahan, Landang Gua, Landang Laum, Lanzones, Lapakan, Lumayang, Lumbangan, Manalipa, Manicahan, Mercedes, Pangapuyan, Pasilmanta, Pasobolong, Salaan, Talabaan, Taluksangay, Tictabon, Tolosa, Tumalutap, Victoria, Zambowood, Lunzuran and Putik.

Today, the budget forum is set at the Garden Orchid Hotel for barangays Ayala, Baluno, Cabatangan, Calarian, Campo Islam, Capisan, Cawit, Dulian-Pasonanca, Labuan, La Paz, Limpapa, Maasin, Malagutay, Pamucutan, Patalon, Recodo, San Roque, Sinubong, Sinunuc, Talisayan, Tulungatung, Arena Blanco, Camino Nuevo, Canelar, Guiwan, Kasanyangan, Mampang, Mariki, Pasonanca, Rio Hondo, San Jose Cawa-Cawa, San Jose Gusu, Sta. Barbara, Sta. Catalina, Sta. Maria, Sto. Nino, Talon-Talon, Tetuan, Tugbungan, Tumaga, Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3 and Zone 4.

Of these barangays, it was learned that Talon-Talon receives the biggest share from the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA), followed by Tetuan and Pasonanca, while Pangapuyan, Taguiti and Panubigan get the lowest IRA shares. The IRA is divided according to land area, population and equal sharing. — Vic Larato