Oro city council defers mayor’s investment plan-A A +A
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
THE Annual Investment Plan for 2014 (AIP-2014) of Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno which contains the vital programs of the administration was deferred by the City Council during its 27th regular session Monday.
City councilor Alden Bacal, the chairman of the committee on public works, said the AIP-2014 is a slice of the annual budget for 2014 amounting to P2.6 billion.
Bacal pointed out that the AIP-2014 amounts to P3.2 billion did not coincide with the general budget which is P2.6 billion.
He added that the proposed 2014 Executive Budget should include the AIP-2014 and not the other way around, based on the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) circular no. 67 released June last year.
Another reason why Bacal deferred the approval of the AIP-2014 is the absence of the program of work (POW), and the consultations from different sectors that were not conducted by the city development council (CDC).
During the session, the approval of AIP-2014 was halted through dividing the house with 11 council members favoring the deferment, and five opposing.
Councilor President Elipe added that the P70-million infrastructure project in the AIP-2014 should have enough details.
Meanwhile, City councilor Roger Abaday said during the session that it is not the right time to comment regarding the AIP-2014.
He said the “invited guest” should be given the time to explain the contents of the AIP-2014 before the council decided.
“We have to listen first to the invited guest of the City Council so we will be enlightened about the AIP-2014,” said Abaday.
City treasurer Glen Bañez was invited to the council.
Councilor Teodulfo Lao added it is best to ask first the members of the CDC so the City Council cannot delay the approval of the AIP-2014.
Lao said the AIP-2014 means delivering services to the people of the city.
He said the AIP-2014 will lure investors in the city and that would mean progress.
Lao added the AIP-2014 is a wish list of the administration that contains programs geared toward development.
Bañez said: “I am thankful that I was able to attend the session although I was not given the chance to speak.”
Bañez said the AIP-2014 contains the vital programs of the administration including projects like road concreting and new roads to address the congested traffic in the city, and the improvement of J.R. Borja Memorial Hospital. READ: Council lags on Oro 2014 budget deliberation
As to the suggestion that the AIP-2014 be referred to the city council, he said it is the discretion of the City Council to do so.
Citing the P70-million infrastructure project, Bañez said it should have been discussed to the committee on public works because the discussions have been referred to the committees.
“We are just praying that the approval will go faster, so the P2.6 billion budget can go through,” said Bañez.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 28, 2014.