No budget for Gwen’s pet shows in 2014

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

SEVERAL events started by the previous administration will no longer have a budget next year.

These include a horseshow competition, or the Kabayo Festival, Airsoft Open Competition, and the Governor’s Volleyball Cup.

These were funded by the Office of the Governor during the term of former Gov. Gwen Garcia.

This move cuts the allocated budget for the Governor’s Office from P599,535,500 million in 2013 to P440,756,000 million in the proposed 2014 budget.

The governor’s chief of Staff Ramil Abing, in yesterday’s budget hearing, said the Christmas cash gifts for barangay tanods and barangay health workers (P2,400 and P1,500 each, respectively), was also not included in the 2014 budget.


Abing said a Commission on Audit (COA) report in 2012 disallowed the budgets.

But a special committee is studying the matter to come up with a justification for granting cash gifts to barangay tanods and barangay health workers.

The cash gifts would have been distributed this month.

Provincial Treasurer Manny Guial expressed confidence the Province can make enough for the P2.596-billion annual budget.

The amount is lower than the 2013 annual budget, which was P3.259 billion.

If they fall short of the P2.596 billion in collections and receivables, Guial told committee on budget and appropriations chair Grecilda Sanchez, he will seek a P200-million in fallback.

He said he already allocated P11 million for next year’s budget.

The Provincial Board (PB) members, led by Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, met with various department heads yesterday for a budget hearing on their proposed P2.596-billion annual budget.

Guial told the PB members they can raise the amount from the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) share.

From IRA and national wealth share alone, he said, the Province is set to receive P2.151 billion annually.

This is all worth P2.480 billion, plus local collections worth P328.327 million, as of October this year.

Guial said the Province will get the same amount next year, and this will sustain and justify their projected annual budget.

Guial also presented in the hearing his action plan on “potential” revenue sources, such as the Province’s idle lands that need to be utilized, ecozones in the province and tax on utilities not owned by the government, to include water utilities.

Any amount in excess of the target is considered “savings” or unappropriated funds, said PB Member Peter John Calderon. If the Province will not get a loan, the P11 million appropriated for loan interest will be considered savings.

The budget for the different sports events, like horse show, airsoft and the Governor’s Unity Volleyball Cup will have to go, said Abing.

These had not been specified in the 2013 budget and the items from where these activities are sourced were not removed but reduced in the 2014 budget, said Abing.

All these were sourced from the Office of the Governor.

Abing said the item sports and youth development program, having a P10-million allocation in 2013, was reduced.

The PB is yet to approve PB Member Raul Alcoseba’s Cebu Sports Commission, which will get a separate allocation.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 04, 2013.

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