Mandaue council set to okay 2017 budget
THE Mandaue City Council is set to approve the proposed 2017 budget of P2.395 billion tomorrow, Friday.
Next year’s annual budget has seen an 11 percent decrease or approximately P300 million lower than the 2016 budget, which was at P2.699 billion.
“(If) the city will have additional revenues for the supplemental budget, (then) we can see a projected rise. But for now, the appropriation for next year will be a bit lower than (that of 2016),” Mandaue City Vice Mayor Carlo Pontico Fortuna told Cebu Daily News.
A huge chunk of the budget is appropriated for the city’s general fund amounting to P2.083 billion intended for the mandatory operating expenses of the city.
On the other hand, next year’s development fund was increased to 11 percent or P140.694 million compared to last year’s P124.506 million.
The budget will also be funneled into the market, slaughterhouse, Mandaue City Hospital and Mandaue City Sports Complex with appropriations of P112.444 million, P10.311 million, P42.316 million and P6.2 million, respectively.
Mandaue City Mayor Gabriel Luis “Luigi” Quisumbing also proposed a budget of P140.695 million for the city’s priority projects for 2017 which will be drawn out from the city’s 20 percent Internal Revenue Allotment.
Under the approved Annual Investment Plan (AIP), the P140.695-million budget will be used to purchase a lot for the relocation of calamity victims and informal settlers in the city, acquisition of lots in Barangays Casuntingan and Maguikay for the improvement of M. Ceniza Street, road and drainage improvement of P.L. Sanchez Street in Pagsabungan, road opening to connect UN Avenue to the Umapad dumpsite, concreting of Palmera Road in Barangay Basak and the funding of a city-wide transportation study.
Majority of the priority projects under the AIP are focused on disaster preparedness programs and the procurement of more disaster materials and equipment. The proposed budget for these projects amounts to P83.832 million.
In a previous interview, Quisumbing stated that the annual budget for next year is lower because he wanted the infrastructure projects to be accomplished in 2017 through private-public partnership (PPP) agreement.
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