P800-M budget for city’s peace, order

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Friday, December 13, 2013

THE City Government of Davao appropriated some P800 million for the peace and order program in the entire 2013 budget.

Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, committee chair for finance, ways and means, said the peace and order program got the highest allocation among all its programs implemented this year with a total of P878,986,879.78.

Dayanghirang said the funding for peace and order program was sourced out from the 2013 annual budget, 2013 Supplemental Budget No (SB1), SB2, and SB3.

Records showed that the peace and order program got some P548,280,956 funding out of P4,568,189,122 from the annual budget for 2013; some P9,776,411.71 budget out of P159,977,132.40 from the SB1; P170,929,512.07 out of P235,121,207.47 from the SB2; and P150 million out of P245,735,412.33 from the SB3.

“We really want to maintain the order here. The city is very wide,” he said in an interview on the sideline of the regular session on Friday, the last for this year.

He said the city pays for the operating costs of all the police stations, including the gasoline expenses, operations and even the bonuses and allowances of all the operatives.

Dayanghirang said the maintenance for the Central 911 operations are also sourced out from the peace and order program.

“On the other hand, the budget for the peace and order program has been properly used. Makita pud nato ang result. Ang impact sa project, makita nato ang development (We can feel the impact of the program through its development),” he said.

On the other hand, the amount appropriated for the Lingap program is P123,819,803.82, which is lower than the actual expenses incurred in 2012 which was P160,409,282.71.

Meanwhile, the City Council approved on Friday the SB3 pegged at P245,735,412.33, consists of the general fund proper (P212,948,995.32); development fund (P29,708,793.37); and economic enterprises (P3,077,623.64).

The highest appropriation of the SB3 are the peace and order program, which gets P150 million budget, and the Lingap program with P23,700,112.54.

“The amount requested in this SB will be utilized to answer the needs for the months of August and October 2013,” a copy of the ordinance for SB3 read.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 14, 2013.

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