Bacolod City council okays P2.52-B budget for 2019

BACOLOD City – The city council here approved on Monday the city government’s PHP2.52-billion budget for 2019.

Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said 11 of the 14 councilors voted for the appropriation ordinance during the council’s regular session Monday morning.

Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. abstained, while Councilors Claudio Jesus Puentevella and Ricardo Tan were on leave.

The city’s annual budget for 2019 is 12 percent higher than the 2018 budget of PHP2.25 billion.

Some 50 percent of the funds will come from the city’s Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) share of PHP1.26 billion, while the local sources will contribute PHP1.258 billion.

Of the total allocation, about PHP1.33 billion will go to maintenance and other operating expenses; PHP660 million for personnel services; PHP252 million, development fund; PHP81.7 million, equipment expenses; PHP7.9 million, financial expenses; and PHP184 million for other purposes.

Councilor Caesar Distrito, chair of the committee on appropriations and finance, earlier said the city government has also allocated funds for the implementation of the salary standardization of government employees next year.

Distrito further said the 2019 annual budget prioritizes health services, solid waste management, social welfare services, public order and safety, improvement of traffic management, economic and infrastructure development, tourism, and education.

It also includes fund for the anti-drug campaign in line with the thrust of the national government, he added. (PNA)

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