Capitol departments ready 2018 budgets

BACOLOD City – The different departments and offices of the Negros Occidental provincial government are readying their budgets for 2018 to be submitted to the provincial board in October 2017, acting provincial administrator Lucille Gelvolea said on Sept. 11, 2017.

Gelvolea said that budgets of each office are based on the province’s Annual Investment Program.

“The preparation was facilitated by the Provincial Budget Office,” she said.

She also clarified that there will be no reduction of budgets but will be reviewed so that “we can implement austerity measures so that more funds will be allotted to more projects.”

Gelvolea did not specify the amount of the proposed 2018 budget.

The 2017 budget was pegged at P3 billion.

“The amount will depend on the projected revenue that the province will receive,” she pointed out.

Earlier, Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. ordered the reduction of Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) in the proposed budgets for 2018.

“It needs to be reduced because of the full implementation of the salary standardization law, and the filling up of plantilla positions at all provincial government hospitals, raising the personnel services budget so the MOOE has to go down,” Gelvolea said.

Meanwhile, the ongoing renovation of the Provincial Lagoon and Park is now being reviewed by the Provincial Engineer’s Office.

The renovation of the park is part of the purchase and lease of Capitol-owned properties by Ayala Land Inc. and will cost P25 million.

“I have already called the attention of Engr. Ernie Mapa on why work on the park has stopped. It has not been turned over to the provincial government,” Gelvolea said.

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