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Monday, January 11, 2016

LGU Naga allots P920.75 M for 2016 budget

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, Jan. 11 (PIA) -- The city government here has allocated a total of P920,750,116.89 to fund the various social services, programs, projects and other priority initiatives for calendar year 2016 pursuing the development agenda for the city.

The Executive Budget for 2016 was approved by the Sangguniang Panglunsod last month to sustain measures in pursuit of the local government's development agenda and implementation of new priorities within the calendar year.

Mayor John Bongat of this city said on top of the list is a P5 million budget allocated for the Least Economically Resilient Communities (LERC).  Twenty-three communities in 17 barangays were identified under this category and will be part of the beneficiaries under the city’s Ginhawang Nagueno program, in support of  President Benigno Aquino’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps.

“At the core of the inclusive growth is making sure that no one is left behind, particularly the marginalized households living in the fringes of our urban communities,“ he added.

Bongat also emphasized the need to level up the quality education to combat the ill-effects of poverty, noting that P5 M has benn added to last year’s education budget of P10 M for the Iskolar kan Ciudad Program, paving the way for a P15 M budget for more deserving students.

 A big chunk of the budget was also allocated to quality health care program of the city. An allocation of  P1 M was also specified for the procurement of medicines, on top of the budget intended for the plantilla positions for the health personnel of Our Lady of Lourdes Infirmary located in the upland barangay of Carolina, this city.

To further improve the city’s crime solution efficiency rate, P5 M fund will be allocated under the Public Safety Office (PSO) to be utilized for the purchase of additional wireless CCTVs (closed circuit television) to be installed in various strategic areas in the city.  The fund will also cover procurement of additional radio communications equipment to boost the capability of peace and order enforcers to immediately respond to emergency calls.

A P20M budget will also be apportioned under the City Engineer’s Office to fund various infrastructure including flood control projects and other disaster mitigation structures.  This is on top of the mandatory appropriation for Local Development Fund amounting to P91.667M this year.

Bongat clarified that the total budget for this year will be equally financed by the locally generated revenue and internal revenue allotments of the city.  (MAL/LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

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