New offices bump up 2018 budget by 10.6 percent

THE ILOILO City Council is reviewing the P2.12-billion Proposed Executive Budget for 2018, which is expected to be more or less 10.6% higher than the 2017 budget.

Councilor Eduardo Peñaredondo, committee on appropriations chairperson, said the 2018 proposed budget is P122 million higher than 2017 because of new offices or positions to be created at City Hall.

“In the 2018 budget, almost all expenses are the same (as 2017). The leap in budget is noted in Personal Services (PS or salaries and benefits) for employees because we have created many positions,” Peñaredondo said.

But he said the proposed budget is still conservative, thus, it might increase.

The budget source is comprised of P1,289,733,000 (58.29%) from Local Taxes and P912,907,041 (41.26%) from the Internal Revenue Allotment share.

Meanwhile, P10M is attributed to the city’s share in the Economic Zone, with a per capita spending of P4,939 for a projected population of 447,992 per 2015 NSO Census.

The Expenditure Program for CY 2018 by sectors are:

PS – P718,098,780 or 32.5% of the total budget;

Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses or MOOE – P672,937,865 (30.4%);

Capital Outlay – P24,434,309 (1.1%); and

Special Purpose Allocation or SPA – P797,169,087 (36%).

Peñaredondo explained that the SPA, which gets the biggest chunk of the budget pit, is spent for items not specified under General Services, Economic Services, and Social Services.

“For example, if the city wants to buy relocation site, it is under SPA,” he said.

From 2014 to 2018, the city’s budget rose at an average of 10.8%.

“Our Annual Budget also features the inclusion of the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office, the Information System Office and the Internal Audit Office that were created in 2017 to institutionalize Human Management and Resources reforms that have not been addressed for quite some time due to restrictions in our Personal Services account,” said Mayor Jose Espinosa III.

To further enhance the delivery of public services to our constituents, the following items were also adopted:

  • Increase in the monthly allowances of Prosecutors and Public Attorneys;
  • Increase in the grant of Rice Subsidy to inmates in the city and district jails;
  • Creation of new positions and incorporating them in the Personnel Schedule of Offices/Departments concerned;
  • Additional appropriations for allowances of additional members of the PNP and teachers;
  • Identification of additional senior citizens and PWD who may avail of the SC and PWD Welfare Programs;
  • Transfer of charges for payment of honorarium of personnel under the Early Childhood Care and Development Program to the Special Education Fund; and
  • Increase in appropriation for the Dinagyang and Paraw Regatta to bolster tourism efforts of the city.

The SP is expected to pass the proposed budget by first week of December 2018.

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