CSF dads slash P70M supplemental budget

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO The Sangguniang Panlungsod here has reduced the proposed Supplemental Budget No. 3 of Mayor Vilma Caluag from P70,060,000 to P42,182, 039.

This is a decrease of almost P27,877,961 from the original proposed budget.

SP Committee on Appropriation chair Ato Agustin however said the city council okayed much of the proposed budget for senior citizens and scholars.

Agustin claimed that the mayor still has an unutilized budget.

He added that the committee had also factored in the end of the quarter into appropriation.

For the request for P4 million in representation, the council only gave P2 million and the P5 million request for a donations was reduced to P2 million.

Agustin said the reason for this is that most barangays have also enacted their own respective supplemental budgets.

He claimed there is no longer a need to increase the budget for the said items.

The city has a remaining fund of P9.1 million for seniors but the city council approved an appropriation of P14 million.

“We want our seniors to be happy this coming Christmas season,” Agustin said.

The councilor said the Committee on Appropriation also saw the need to increase scholarship appropriation for senior high school students from P4 million to P6.6 million.

The proposal for scholarship assistance for college students of P5 million was set at P2.3 million to reflect the actual number of scholars.

The council also reduced proposed funding for fuel and oil lubricants from P9 million to P3 million owing to an unutilized budget of P5 million.

Proposals for maintenance of P2 million were fixed at P1 million as this could already last for the remaining quarter, according to Agustin.

Councilor Reden Halili decried the reduced funding stating that it would affect the operations of the city.

He also asked for clarification on the reasons for the reduced funding across items.

Halili, after Agustin’s report, move for the division of the city council to decide on the reduced budget proposal.

The council decided on the approval of the reduced budget ordinance with a vote of 9-3.

Councilor Ricky Hizon assured that the Committee on Appropriation only had the interest of the people of San Fernando in mind in their deliberations for the said budget.

He added that the budget was determined based on the need of the current administration.

Hizon added that the city mayor can always ask for a budget whenever needed.

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