Prov’l board okays P2.2-B budget for 2014

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Thursday, December 12, 2013


THE Provincial Board of Negros Occidental approved during its regular session Wednesday the 2014 provincial budget of P2.2 billion.

“I am thankful to the Provincial Board for approving the 2014 annual budget in so short a time. There were no questions,” Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said.

The board members unanimously approved the 2014 budget upon the motion of First District Board Member Rolando Ponsica.

The governor lauded Vice Governor Eugenio Lacson and the members of the Provincial Board for the smooth passage of the 2014 annual budget.

Earlier, the Provincial Government operated on a reenacted 2012 budget after the former Provincial Board headed by then Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez did not approve the 2013 annual budget until after the May 2013 elections.

“This would mean the smooth implementation of various projects outlined for 2014 that would benefit the Negrenses,” the governor said.

Under the 2014 budget, the total expenditures for personnel services amounts to P479.819 million or 23 percent, while maintenance and other operating expenses amounts to P318.717 million or 15 percent.

The 2014 Special Appropriation, which comprises 62 percent of the total General Fund Budget, amounts to P1.326 billion, including the allotment for the 20 percent Provincial Development Fund.

Meanwhile, Maranon cited what he described as a splendid leadership of Lacson as presiding officer and head of the Provincial Board.

“I thank him because if it is for the good of the province, he is very supportive,” the governor said.

Christmas Bonus

The Provincial Board also approved yesterday a P127-million supplemental budget that includes the P90-million appropriation for the Christmas bonus of the Capitol employees.

Second District Board Member Salvador Escalante, chairman of the finance committee, said each employee will receive P38,000.

He said the bonus could be released this week but it would be subject to tax.

Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan said that based on guidelines, bonuses that exceed P30,000 are taxable.

Escalante also said that an additional P20,000 performance bonus could be given to the Capitol employees as an incentive for the Excell Award the provincial government is expected to receive from the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 12, 2013.

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