P583M Capitol development plan okayed

THE Cebu Provincial Development Council (PDC) yesterday approved the P583 million Annual Investment Plan (AIP) of the Provincial Government for 2017.

Gov. Hilario Davide III presented the Capitol’s 2017 AIP during the PDC’s full council meeting held at the Capitol Social Hall.

Davide said that the P583 million budget will be taken from the 20 percent development fund of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).

The council also approved the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Budget for 2017.

The disaster budget, which amounted to P166 million, was presented for adoption by Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Baltazar Tribunalo.

The same budget was approved by the Provincial Risk Reduction Management Council two weeks ago before this was submitted to the PDC.

Tribunalo said that the P166 million will be taken from the five percent calamity fund of the Province.

Of the P583 million Capitol AIP, P131.5 million has been allocated for hospitalization facilities, birthing centers and animal health facilities.

Also included in the AIP are: P12.034 million for water supply development program; P56.4 million for cultural, sports and manpower development; P8.7 million for environmental resource and solid waste management program; P14 million for tourism infrastructure support; P135.132 million for road, bridge and highway program; P33.234 million for food production, livelihood and entrepreneurship support program; P15 million for Philippine Rural Development Program Counterpart Fund; P74 million for amortization of heavy equipment loan; and P103 million for assistance to local government units (LGUs) on investment and capital expenditures.

Of the P131.5 million for hospitalization and health facilities, P18 million will be used for upgrading of building/structure of hospitals; P110.9 million for hospital/medical equipment and furnishing of hospital/health facilities; and P2.6 million to buy an ambulance.

For water supply development, P11.034 million will be used for the construction/rehabilitation of waterworks system; and P1 million for the water catchment facility.

For culture, sports and manpower development, P6 million has been allocated for improvement of Cebu Cultural Center (building furnishing); and P50.4 million for Cebu Provincial Skills Training Center.

For environment/resources and solid waste management, P1.8 million has been allocated for air quality equipment; P3.5 million for coastal resource management floating materials and P3.4 million to buy speedboats.

The P103 million assistance to LGUs will include maintenance of street lighting system, multipurpose halls, city-municipal-barangay roads and similar projects as listed under Joint Memorandum Circular 2011-1 jointly issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Department of Budget and Management.
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