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Saturday, October 5, 2013
CEBU City Hall’s executive department has proposed an additional budget of P256.86 million for this year. The bulk of the amount will be set aside to pay the City’s obligations.
Mayor Michael Rama submitted his proposed second supplemental budget (SB) 2 to the City Council last Friday.
Some P46.8 million has been appropriated for the City’s payables. Some of these were due in 2006 yet.
These include payments for fuel and medicines used under the City’s hospitalization and medicine program.
The executive department has also set aside P39.57 million for the incentive allowance of more than 1,000 policemen, agents of the National Bureau of Investigation 7 and the maritime police.
They each receive P2,000 a month from the City.
The executive has also appropriated some P3.6 million for the allowance of firemen and at least P13 million as aid to members of the judiciary.
The executive also wants an additional P20 million to be spent on the City’s garbage collection and disposal.
The amount is needed since the initial P21 million the City budgeted for this year has already been depleted.
After closing the Inayawan Sanitary Landfill in 2011, the City has been dumping garbage in a private landfill in the northern town of Consolacion.
It pays the facility P700 per ton of garbage.
The executive also wants an additional P10 million to buy gasoline, oil and lubricants for the City’s fleet of vehicles for the remainder of the year.
The P88.8-million initial budget that was set aside for this purpose had already been used up.
Aside from this, the executive department included in the proposed SB 2 some P14.7 million as the barangay’s aid to the Commission on Elections for the upcoming Oct. 28 barangay polls.
Other items included in the additional budget are P10 million for the purchase of mobile patrol vehicles for the Cebu City Police Office, P10 million for the asphalting of roads, P5 million for the burial assistance program and P5.5 million for the renovation of the City Hall annex building.
As for the source of funds for the proposed SB 2, Acting City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas and Acting City Accountant Josefina Gonzales said the City has P106 million from business taxes as well as the P12.7-million Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) difference from 2000 to 2001 and IRA difference from 2001 to 2004.
Other revenue sources include P36 million realignment from 2010 to 2011 of continuing appropriations, the 2012 retained operating surplus amounting to P41 million, P46 million from the 2010 reversion of accounts payable and P5 million from the reversion of the prior year’s accounts.
Tomorrow, the council will hold a special session at 2 p.m. to discuss and deliberate on the proposed SB 2.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 05, 2013.