Issue of January 14, 2018

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Council to tackle 2018 AIP and 2017–2022 CDP

The city council held last Monday its first session for 2018 and continued its deliberation on the budgets of City Hall departments from the proposed 2018 budget.

The council is fast-tracking the approval of the city’s 2018 executive budget so it can proceed to other urgent businesses that also need action. The move is in compliance with Sec. 323 of the Local Government Code which states that in case the ordinance authorizing the annual appropriation at the beginning of the ensuing fiscal year is not yet approved, the legislative body shall continue to hold sessions until such ordinance is approved before any other business matter would be taken up.

Approved during the session are the budgets for the City Buildings and Architecture Office – P53.080 million; City Treasury Office – P76.796M; City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) – P8.142M; and the General Services Office – P308.944M; City Social Welfare and Development Office – P46.539M; City Mayor’s Office – P63.602M; City Accounting Office – P20.318M; City Engineering Office – P183.320M; City Health Services Office – P155.108M; City Assessor’s Office – P24.566M; City Planning and Development Office – P20.241M; City Library – P8.161 M; the City Human Resource Management Office – P25,152M; sangguniang panlungsod – P95.254M; City Auditor’s Office – P1.377M; City Veterinary Office – P33.469M; City Administrator’s Office – P49.292M; City Budget Office – P27.685M; City Environment and Parks Management Office – P40.916M; City Legal Office – P17.975M; and Civil Registry Office – P15.144M.

With regard to the CDRRMO budget, the recommendation was to consider adjustment in the proposed CDRRM plan to increase fund allocations for the program and activities for “mitigation” in the first, third and fourth thematic areas to be taken from the P48M budget for “preparedness” under the second thematic area.

The items that are not actually needed such as “purchase of water search and rescue equipment or motor boat” would be removed.

On the GSO budget, the office was amenable to re-computing and adjusting the P21.763M allocation for the citywide information campaign on mandatory waste segregation at source which was observed to be a huge amount for the said activity so that portion of the amount would be allotted for other important activities.

Of the P187.795M budget for solid waste management, P93M was allotted for the collection and hauling of residential waste from the barangays, the central business district and the city market to the waste transfer station, then to the waste disposal facility outside the city.

The GSO representatives affirmed that the city would no longer transport the waste to Tarlac but to Urdaneta City in order to save on gasoline expenses and tipping fees. Whatever savings is derived from the change of location would be used for other waste management programs and activities.

Financial support were also approved for the following officers: City Prosecutor – P4.909M; Bureau of Fire Protection – P18.494M; Regional Trial Court – P4.271M; Municipal Trial Court – P4.318M; Baguio City Jail-Female Dormitory – P1.749M; Baguio City Police – P40M; Baguio City Jail-Male Dormitory – P5.299M; Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center – P10M; City Schools Division – to be determined; Public Attorney’s Office – P600,000; and the Parole and Probation Board – P250,000.

Tomorrow, Jan. 15, the council will discuss the proposed 2018 Annual Investment Plan and the 2017-2022 Comprehensive Development Plan of Baguio City.

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