THE two councils of Negros Occidental approved a total budget of P321.802 million for various Capitol programs and projects to be implemented this year.

Members of the Provincial Development Council (PDC) Executive Committee (Execom) and the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), both chaired by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., Thursday approved the proposals, which will be sourced from the 20 percent development fund and peace and order fund, during their meetings at the Governor’s Office and the Capitol Social Hall, respectively.

The PDC Execom approved P271.802 million from the 20 percent development fund worth P566.500 million, including P205 million earmarked for the loan payment of the Capitol and P361.5 million for the programs and projects of the provincial government.

Of the P271.802 million, P144.800 million was allocated for the infrastructure development committee, P73.394 million for the economic development committee, P35.200 million for social development committee, and P18.408 million for environment development committee.

The PPOC approved a P50 million allocation intended for its programs and activities this year.

Of the figure, P44.945 million was allocated to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology; Office of the Governor, P17 million; Provincial Peace Integration and Development Program and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council, P9 million; 303rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army, P6.4 million; Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, P5 million; Provincial Health Office, P2.5 million; Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, P2 million; Provincial Engineer’s Office, P1.445 million; Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program, P1 million; and Public Information Division, P1 million.

Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Ma. Lina Sanogal said the two approved allocations will be endorsed to the Provincial Board for concurrence.

The police and the army also gave an update on its accomplishments and the peace and order situation in the province during the PPOC meeting.

The police noted a decrease in the crime incidents last year while the army is closely monitoring the movement of the rebels even if there's an ongoing ceasefire.