THE necessary documents for the approval of the 2024 annual budget of the Province of Davao Oriental have not yet been submitted by the Executive Department, Vice Governor Nelson Dayanghirang Jr. revealed.
In a Facebook post on Friday evening, January 5, 2024, Dayanghirang, along with the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP), expressed his dismay over the Executive Department’s failure to submit the necessary documents needed for the annual budget.
“Ang mga Miyembro sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan nagapadayag sa among kasubo tungod sa kamatuoran nga bisan pa sa hangyo sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan ngadto sa Executive Department nga isumite ang mga kinahanglanon nga dokumento gikan sa ilang mga nagkadaiyang opisina aron makahimo kita og maayong plano ug matarong nga 2024 Annual Budget, apan wala sila nagsumite sa maong mga dokumento (Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan express our sadness because of the fact that despite the request of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to the Executive Department to submit the necessary documents from their various offices so that we can make a good plan and a fair 2024 Annual Budget, they did not submit these documents),” Dayanghirang Jr. stated in a post.
In a comment section, Dayanghirang listed down the documents that the SP members needed. These are the job order listing by the department with wage rate; results and findings of the Review and Termination Committee; Revenue Generation Plan of Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) and Professional Employer Organization (PEO) as checked by the Local Fees and Charges (LFC); Recomputed Debt Servicing Schedule for 2024; updates on the Uncollected Extraction and Conservation/Protection fees from the Hallmark Mining Corp of 16 shiploads of minerals in 2023.
He added that the documents requested by the SP last September 2023 and last January 3, 2024, were promised by the Executive Department by January 6, 2024, but the department failed to do so. Instead of submitting the documents, the Governor asked the SP for a formal letter requesting the documents.
“Kini nga aksyon nila sa ehekutibo, maoy samot nga makapalangay sa proseso sa pag-apruba sa 2024 annual budget (This action by the executive department, will further delay the process of approving the 2024 annual budget),” Dayanghirang said.
The SP is hopeful that the documents needed for the annual budget will be given to them since it will be their basis for funding each program, project, and activity of the province.
Meanwhile, in a letter signed by Davao Oriental Governor Niño Sotero L. Uy, Jr. dated January 5, 2024, communication number 17-789-2024, he told the members of the SP that they should submit a written update to the Executive Department, which should include what other vital documents they need for the proposed annual budget.
“I would like to reiterate my request for a written update from the SP, which should include what various additional documents and other pertinent data/information you need to be submitted in relation to the proposed 2024 annual budget. Our receipt of the written update would certainly result in their one-time submission to your level,” Uy Jr. said in the letter.
The governor talked about the 2024 annual budget of the province last January 2, 2024. He expressed his concern over the pending budget through a live video on the official Facebook page of the Provincial Government of Davao Oriental. RGP