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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Gullas confident Council will approve his budget

TALISAY City Mayor Eduardo Gullas submitted the City’s proposed 2017 budget worth P887 million to the City Council yesterday.

With majority of the council members his allies, Gullas is confident his proposed budget, which includes a P15-million confidential fund allocation, will be approved without any slashes.

During a formal ceremony held at City Hall at 8 a.m. yesterday, Gullas submitted copies of the proposed budget to members of the Talisay City Council led by Vice Mayor Alan Bucao.

Dubbed as the “People’s Budget,” the proposed annual budget next year was made in consultation with city and barangay officials and other sectors.

The turnover of the proposed budget also coincided with the deadline of the submission of next year’s budget.

Of the amount, P152 million will be for various infrastructure projects, including the construction of a technical-vocation school in Barangay Lagtang; repair of barangay roads; and construction of school buildings and other facilities for the Talisay City College.

Also included in the proposed infrastructure appropriation is the implementation of the city’s drainage master plan and the improvement of facilities for the city slaughterhouse in compliance for their Double-A accreditation.

Projects

Aside from infrastructure projects, P3 million will be set aside for tourism projects, P4 million for sports development, P10 million for peace and order, and P4 million for the city’s anti-illegal drug campaign.

Gullas also seeks the approval of P15 million worth of confidential funds, which is P4 million more compared to that of former Talisay City mayor Johnny de los Reyes.

Edgar Mabunay, Talisay City budget officer, told reporters that they are seeking an increase in the mayor’s confidential funds after the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) issued a circular for the prioritization of such funds to assist the city’s drive against illegal drugs.

Aside from the executive department, the city’s legislative department is also seeking a P74-million appropriation.

Gullas said he is confident the City Council will approve his proposed budget due to the “harmonious relationship” he has with the city’s legislators.
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