Finance team ends budget hearings PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 15:31

The City Finance Committee spearheaded by Mayor Beng Climaco on Monday concluded technical budget hearings paving the way for the finalization of the 2014 budget and its consequent submission to the City Council for approval.
The marathon hearings which extended up to night time started August 14 and continued on until August 15, 16 and 19.
Discussions during the series of hearings centered on the requirements for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) of the city’s different national high schools, vocational technical schools, the Regional Trial Court and Municipal Trial Court branches, Shari’a District Court,  Office of the City Prosecutor and the different departments of the city including the office of the City Mayor.
Mayor Climaco said the 2014 projected budget reaches P2.169B with general services, health and infrastructure development sectors will take a huge slice of budget.
“We would like to thank the non-government organization (NGO) representatives from the universities, agriculture and private sector who sat through the 5-day and night marathon hearings,” the chief executive stressed.
Prior to the marathon budget hearings, the City Finance committee also met with all the officials from the City’s 98 barangays for the barangay budget forum, also preparatory to the finalization of the 2014 budget.
Last August 8, Mayor Climaco convened the City Development Council where the Local Development Investment Plan for 2013-2016 and the Annual Investment Plan for 2014 was approved.
During the marathon hearings, the chief executive said the members of the City Council and the teachers were united in their desire to have all ongoing projects finished or completed citing reports that some contractors already got their mobilization fees but left the projects unfinished.
In view of this, the mayor has instructed the City Engineer to ensure that the costs and estimates of all projects meet the standards of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to make sure that the projects are not abandoned by the contractors.
On the other hand, all the 98 barangays have submitted a list of priority projects where the city will allocate an average of P5 to P10 million or more depending on the priority of the barangays.

The City Finance Committee is composed of the City Budget Officer, City Treasurer, City Auditor, City Accountant, City Planning and Development Officer and the Chairman of the Council committee on appropriations among others. — Sheila Covarrubias