City gov’t holds budget forum for village officials

ZAMBOANGA City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has advised the village officials to ensure all the needed documents are submitted to the concerned offices before making a request to implement projects in their respective villages.

Salazar issued the advice during the recently-held three-day Barangay Budget Administration Forum for 2020 on the expenditure directions of her administration for Fiscal Year 2020.

“Before you want projects to be done in the barangays make sure the necessary documents are submitted to the concerned offices,” Salazar told the village officials.

The budget forum initiated by the City Budget Office gives greater focus on ensuring the implementation of projects and programs to be funded, considering that the barangays are expected to request funding for projects that can be implemented within the year.

Meanwhile, Salazar stressed on the continuity of her administration’s priority thrusts on Security, Health and Education (SHE) Program, ensuring security, public order and safety.

She said the city government, for the last six years (2014-2019), had spent P2.272 billion for the education sector, P661 million for health, P1.427 billion for security, P585 million for social services and P3.55 billion for barangay development programs.

She stressed on continued adoption of reforms on public financial management systems, specifically the submission of the Annual Investment Program to the City Planning Office on time. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)


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