Bacolod SP okays budget
The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod City approved on its second and third reading the proposed P2.25-Billion budget of the City Government for 2018, during their session on Wednesday.
Councilor Caesar Z. Distrito, Chairperson of the Committee on Appropriations and Finance said that the 2018 budget is 12.5% higher than compared to this year’s budget of P2 Billion or 250M higher.
Fifty-one percent (51%) or P1.145-Billion of the 2018 budget comes from the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) while the forty-nine percent (49%) or P 1. 105-Billion are from the Local Sources of the City.
Of the 2018 budget, P606-Million or 27% is for Personal Services (PS), P1.131-Billion or 50% is for the maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE), P12-Million or 1% for Financial expenses, P295-Million or 13% for Capital Outlay and P206-Million or 9% for Special Purpose Appropriations which includes the DRRM Fund (P 112.5M), the Anti-Smoking Ordinance Implementation (P1.3M) and Tourism Development Project (P4M).
Among the priority projects of the City Government for 2018 is the development of its Tourism promotions in which the budget of the Tourism Development Office was increased by 100%, improvement of the efficiencies in the issuances of regulatory permits and creating innovations in the unified business registration application form, online registration and shortening of processing time.
As to the social services, the budget for senior citizens and PWDs have been increased to serve their needs and allocation of funds for the continued rehabilitation and eventual immersion back to their communities of surrendered drug dependents.
“Budget for sports were in fact doubled, from P2.5M to P5M. There are also a budget given to cakes for senior citizens (P4M), Schoolbags and supplies for elementary and high school students (P15M), Free Wifi Project (P2M), Fisherfolks & Farmers Programs (P2M), Free Miscellaneous Fees for elementary and high school students (P5M).”, Distrito said.
The Development Fund also that aims to propel infrastructure project in the city such as roads, drainage, water system, markets and community centers will get P230M.
The City Government has also allocated P38-Million for the Bacolod City College which is 21.8% more of what was provided to them this year and the budget of the City Health office and the Lying-in Clinic are also increased compared to this year to serve and cater more the needs of our people particularly the indigent patients.
Councilor Distrito said that the requests of some City Government offices were also considered since they are at the forefront in the delivery of the basic services and implementation of special and infrastructure projects of the City such as the City Engineers Office, The Department of Public Services, City Civil Registry, MITCS, BTAO, City Legal and the City Population Office.
He also said that some of the requests of other offices such as the Regional Trial Courts, Municipal Trial Courts, DILG, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, City Prosecutors Office were also considered to further improve their efficiency and effectivity in serving the people.
As for the promotion of peace and order, according to Distrito, the requests made by the Bacolod City Police Office for the increase of their trainings, fuel and other operational expenses were also considered and given importance since they are responsible for the safety and security of the people of the City.*