THE Mandaue City Council has allocated more than half of the first supplemental budget for 2023 to cover the financial assistance for senior citizens, honorarium increase for job order workers, construction of a sports center in Barangay Labogon, and other priority programs and projects of the City.
The City Council has allocated 78 percent or P543 million of the P692 million supplemental budget approved on July 24, 2023 to cover these programs and initiatives.
As of August, Mandaue City had 27,986 senior citizens registered under the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs.
The City Hall is also employing 3,200 job order workers who are receiving P643 as their daily honorarium since January this year. In 2022, their daily honorarium was P608.
Local development projects got P111 million of the supplemental budget. These projects include the provision of temporary housing for the residents displaced by the fire that hit Barangay Looc in November last year, drainage projects in Barangay Paknaan, construction of an operating and delivery room at the Mandaue City Hospital, and the purchase of a water tanker.
Meanwhile, the City Council has allocated the remaining P37 million of the supplemental budget to its Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund, specifically to fund the Jagobiao Resiliency Center and to acquire supplies and equipment for emergency response and care.
The funds for the first supplemental budget have been sourced from the City’s unexpended appropriations from the 2022 General Fund, the budget for office maintenance, and 20 percent of the Development Fund.