THE Bacolod City Council approved on its third and final reading the P3-billion annual budget for 2020.
Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said Thursday, December 5, the 2020 budget was unanimously approved during the regular session on Wednesday.
He said the 2020’s budget prioritizes health services, the solid waste management, social welfare services, public order and safety, anti-drug campaign as in line with the national thrust, improvement of traffic management, economic and infrastructure development, tourism and education.
Bulk of the budget mainly goes to the City Health Office (CHO) which increased by 15 percent, from P143 million this year to P169 million.
From P51 million this year, the Bacolod City College will have a budget of P59 million in 2020 or an increase of 13 percent while the Department of Social Services and Development (DSSD) from P61 million in 2019 to P78 million or 21.5 percent increase.
Other departments and offices with bigger budget next year are the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) from P13 million this year to P19.5 million or 31 percent increase; Bacolod Housing Authority (BHA) from P18 million this year to P22.4 million or 19 percent increase. Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) from P67 million this year to P75.8 million or 11.3 percent increase.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia earlier said for the first time ever, their budget is going to reach P3 billion.
He said the P3-billion annual budget is up by a high 19 percent over last year’s budget, one of the highest increases in the city’s local budget history.
Leonardia noted that he finds it significant and sentimental because it was during his term when the city reached the first P1-billion budget in 2008, its major feature being the local income which constitutes 52 percent and is now bigger than the IRA at 48 percent.
“That shows that our local income had accelerated in a very fast pace which is an indicator that indeed. The economic machineries in Bacolod are moving very fast. We are not just accelerating, we are surging,” Leonadia said.
He said the P3-billion annual budget is up by a high 19 percent over 2018’s budget, one of the highest increases in the city’s local budget history.
“Continuous partnerships with the City Council, the various city government offices, and the constituents have allowed our budget to reach new heights. Our administration’s leadership has consistently raised the city’s financial position, billion by billion, reaching P1 billion in 2008, P2 billion in 2017, and in a short span of three years, P3 billion for the year 2020,” he added.