THE Bacolod City Council will hold a series of hearings on the proposed P2.250-billion annual budget for 2018, on November 20, 21 and 27.
Councilor Caesar Distrito, chairperson of committee on appropriation and finance, said Tuesday, November 14, the hearings will be attended by heads of the City Treasurer’s Office, City Budget Office, City Mayor’s Office, and other department heads who will justify the budget allocations.
“We already informed them in advance that this time we will exercise the authority granted by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to the City Council to provide funds to important matters and priorities that are not included on the proposed budget,” Distrito said.
If there would be identified priorities, he said they will allocate funds coming from the less priority program.
Distrito said the City Council is allowed to reduce or provide additional budget to the identified priority projects.
The P2.25-billion proposed appropriation for 2018 is higher by P250 million than this year's budget.
Distrito warned the department heads that if they fail to attend the hearings, the City Council will presume that their absence is an indication that they are not interested to defend their budget and they will give it to the offices that need more budget to fund their projects.
He said the offices that need big budgets are City Mayor's Offices, City Engineer's Office, Bacolod City College, among others.