Budget group asks for more time to act on SB 2-A A +A
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
“DON’T rush us.”
This is what the Cebu City Council’s committee on budget and finance said after allies of Mayor Michael Rama in the legislative body asked that it deliberate on and immediately pass the proposed second supplemental budget (SB 2) amounting to P256.86 million.
During their special session yesterday afternoon, Councilor James Cuenco moved that the proposed additional budget for this year be subjected to a budget hearing today.
The SB 2 was received by the committee only after 5 p.m. last Friday.
Councilor Margarita Osmeña, chairperson of the budget and finance committee, said the committee and other council members should be given enough time to study the proposal.
She said the other councilors were only given copies of the SB 2 yesterday morning.
“Please give us time to look into it. Tomorrow (today) would be too soon. Please give us a few more days,” she said.
Councilor Noel Wenceslao, vice chairperson of the budget and finance committee, said the committee should render a report first on the proposed SB 2 before subjecting it to a budget hearing.
Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella appealed to the committee to render the report during the council’s regular session tomorrow.
Osmeña said she will already be delivering nine reports from her committee.
“I don’t want to be rushed (in rendering a report) especially if it concerns funds of the City Government,” she said.
Cuenco retorted that the mayor certified the SB 2 as urgent.
The bulk of the proposed additional budget amounting to P46 million has been appropriated for the City’s payables, some of which were due since 2006 yet.
Not all urgent
But Councilor Sisinio Andales said not all items in the proposed SB 2 are urgent, except for the budget set aside to pay the City’s obligations and the P14.7 million that will serve as the barangay’s aid to the Commission on Elections for the conduct of the upcoming Oct. 28 barangay polls.
He said the council can just partially approve the SB 2.
Councilor Gerardo Carillo said the council should not set a deadline to render the report, but the report should be delivered as soon as possible.
Cuenco yielded to pronouncements of the other members of the council.
After the special session yesterday, members of the budget and finance committee convened to discuss the report.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 08, 2013.