Rama ‘not happy’ with SB 2-A A +A
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama may have approved the second supplemental budget (SB 2) worth P109 million but he did so with reservations.
He sent communication to the City Council through Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella that he did not agree with the slashing of his SB 2.
Rama’s proposed SB 2 was close to P256.9 million.
“The urgency with which such supplemental budget had been proposed in view of the need for continuity of some vital operations of the City Government made me decide to affix my signature thereof,” read Rama’s letter attached to the ordinance that approved SB 2.
Rama said when the SB 2 was submitted by the local finance committee, he signed it with “urgent and necessary.”
He said the executive department scrutinized the fund sources for the SB 2.
However, when the committee on budget and finance scrutinized it further, it discovered that more than half of the fund sources could not be used.
“The council, through the committee on budget and finance, seems to have arrogated unto itself the executive power and prerogative to determine which expense items are necessary or not by the expedient yet arbitrary selection of the expense items to be reduced and/or obliterated even if, to the executive department, these are all vital expense items that matters most,” read Rama’s letter.
Among the items that were not given appropriation were the allowances for judges, prosecutors, policemen and firemen. There was also P10 million for asphalting.
Rama noted how some members of the council thought themselves better experts on financial matters.
The mayor admitted that he is frustrated that only half of his SB 2 was passed.
He said that the council should have considered City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas’s statement that the City will be able to pay its payables on their due dates.
As of Oct. 22, the City’s payables amounted to P147 million.
According to the City’s daily cash report as of Oct. 29, the City had P1.171 billion.
Only P500 million of this was from the general fund while the others were obligated for specific purposes like the trust fund, special education fund and barrio fund.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 05, 2013.