CDC approves P222M of P900M

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013


OUT of the P922 million worth of proposed projects for inclusion in the 2013 Annual Investment Plan (AIP), only P222 million worth of projects will be implemented this year as approved by the Cebu City Development Council (CDC).

The CDC finally approved the AIP for 2013 during a special meeting yesterday, after several months of delay caused by lengthy discussion on the proposed flyover projects in the north district during previous CDC meetings.

More than half of the P222 million will be spent on the widening of the road from Talamban Sports Complex to Sitio Centro in Barangay Pitos, which will cost P142.85 million.

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The area is considered a bottleneck and gets congested especially during rush hour.

Other projects included are the construction of drainage systems (P10 million), construction of the Civil Registrar Building (P10 million), and the construction of a stone lined canal and catch basin for an existing drainage in Barangay Lusaran (P4.8 million.)

A P10-million allocation for gender and development programs and another P10-million lump sum appropriation for financial assistance to non-government organizations and people’s organizations were also included.

The Barangay Electrification Program and the Barangay Water System and Facilities program for the mountain barangays will get P6 million each.

Among the items excluded from the AIP are the proposed purchase of a lot for the resettlement site of informal settlers (P27 million), the construction of the City Hall sa Bukid (P32 million), construction of the Cebu City Fish Market and Fish Port (P110 million) and the construction of the Carbon Unit II building (P180 million).

Projects under the AIP will be funded by the Local Development Fund (LDF), which is 20 percent of the City’s Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) share. The Local Government Code provides that 20 percent of the IRA should be spent on development projects listed under the AIP.

City Planning and Development Coordinator Alipio Bacalso said yesterday that they had to call for a special meeting to finally approve the AIP because the Department of Budget and Management has given the City a deadline to approve and submit the list.

According to Executive Order 189, all LGUs should submit their AIPs, as approved by the local development council, to the Department of Budget and Management regional office not later than Jan. 31 of each year. 

NGOs, sectoral groups

The local development council, which is chaired by Mayor Michael Rama, is composed of barangay captains, representatives from NGOs and sectoral groups.

During the meeting yesterday, Councilor Margarita Osmeña, chairperson of the committee on budget and finance, asked Mayor Rama what will happen to those projects that were not approved to be included in the AIP, and if the barangay captains who proposed them may resubmit the projects for consideration in the AIP for 2014.

Rama advised Osmeña to draft a resolution suggesting to include the disapproved projects in the 2014 AIP, but the latter said it was not necessary since she was only raising a suggestion.

Councilor Michael Ralota, also president of the Association of Barangay Councils, also suggested to put in place quality control measures for road projects like testing of the cement or concrete mix, to make sure that contractors comply with the standards and deliver high-quality projects.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 30, 2013.

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