Cebu Capitol department heads told: get rid of ‘non-office items’ in budget

By: Rosalie O. Abatayo October 03,2019 - 06:51 PM

Cebu Provincial Capitol

CEBU CITY, Philippines — There will be no more “non-office” items in the proposed budget of Capitol department offices for 2020.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said she noticed several departments that had non-office items in their proposed 2020 budget.

Garcia said that these would often include projects that should have been taken care of by other departments.

“Some offices thought they are the Capitol unto themselves. Gawas sa ilang primary functions, naa pa silay engineering function, duna pa silay health function, duna pa silay nutrition function. Ay naunsa man mo uy! Focus on the functions of your office,” Garcia said in a press conference on Thursday, October 3.

(Aside from their primary functions, they also have engineering, health and nutrition functions. Why is that?)

Garcia has met the Capitol department heads for three budget calls so far. The first was on September 7, followed by September 21 and yesterday, October 2.

Garcia said the departments have to revise their proposed budget as most of them could not justify the amount  indicated in their budget proposals.

“Sukad karon, unsa atong kinahanglanon sa atong MOOE (Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses) ug sa capital outlay, tarunga ninyo. Kinahanglan gyud na og justification. Kung kinahanglan gyud, atong iapil sa budget pero kinhanglan gamitonon gyud ug ma-justify ang cost,” said Garcia.

(From now on, what we will need under the MOOOE and capital outlay will have to be justified. If it is necessary then we will include it in the budget, but the necessity and the cost must be justified.)

Garcia also lashed out at other department headswho treat their offices “like their own residences” by requesting for the purchase of items that cater to their “caprices,” like new furniture sets, air fresheners and disinfectant sprays.

“It has reached a point nga nawala na ang sense of responsibility nga we are here working as public servants. We are not masters here nga kinahanglan ta budgetan using people’s money for our comfort. Mao na nga hinay hinay silag usab sa ilang budget,” Garcia said.

(It has reached a point that the sense of responsibility as public servants is gone. We are not masters here that need to have a budget using people’s money for our comfort. That is why they need to redo it.)

Garcia will still have to hear the budget proposals of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) and Provincial Agriculture Office this Saturday, October 5.

The Capitol’s 2020 budget needs to be submitted to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on October 14./dbs

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