Bacolod City Council okays P1.2B 2014 budget

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

THE Bacolod City Council unanimously approved during its regular session Wednesday the P1.265 billion city budget for 2014.

“We approved the budget according to our time table,” Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya said in a press statement.

For his part, Mayor Monico Puentevella thanked Gasataya and the members of the City Council for granting his requests and for the cooperation they have shown to his administration.

“We will exceed the people's expectations if we all work together for the greater good of the people of Bacolod. Onward Bacolod, one city, one dream, Puentevella said.

Gasataya added that the 2014 budget will put the city right on track in the implementation of its various programs and projects.

“We can start the year on the right path especially in carrying out our agenda for better delivery of basic services to the people,” the vice mayor said.

Gasataya said that given its huge budget, the city can position itself better in attracting more investors.

“It will surely bring the city to the next level,” the vice mayor said.
The approval of the 2014 budget included certain conditions set by the council members.

These include, among others, the requirement that the budget must be made available for the terminal leave benefits of the employees of the former administration; that the proposed P130-million contract for the privatization of garbage collection must pass through the approval of the City Council.

That the list of job order and casual employees who have yet to claim their terminal benefits must also pass through the City Council; and that the Annual Investment Plan must be approved by the City Council. (CNC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 19, 2013.

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