DAGUPAN CITY – The city annual budget amounting to P858 million, which will cover various expenditures for the operation of the city government for fiscal year 2017, has been passed  by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP)  in a special session on December 1 presided by  Councilor Jose Netu M. Tamayo, deputy  presiding officer.

Approved in a special session attended by all the majority councilors was Ordinance No. 0-591 authored by Councilors Jeslito C. Seen.

Others who gave their nod to the ordinance were Maybelyn Rose dela Cruz-Fernandez, Alvin T. Coquia, Dennis C. Canto, Marvin V. Fabia  and Marcelino DS. Fernandez.

Based on the approved  ordinance,  the P858 million budget as appropriated will cover  personal services amounting to P297,556,654.67; maintenance and other operating expenditures amounting to P380,529,657.83; capital outlay for P148,987,687.50; and financial expenses amounting to P30,926,000.

The P858 million appropriation was certified by the Local Finance Committee as reasonable collectible income of the city.

Incorporated as integral part of the 2017 budget were budget documents consisting of expenditures and sources of financing; Annual Investment Program; Personnel schedule by department, office and unit; City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan; Gender and Development Plan; Local Climate Change Action Plan; and Local Development Plan for Children.

The total amount will be realized from the city’s local sources, which are tax revenue and non-tax revenue; and external sources from the city’s share from National Tax Collection or Internal Revenue Allotment amounting to P452,248,030, and share from government and controlled corporations like the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office amounting to P1,537,988.

Under tax revenue, the city is to collect P331,655,000 and P72,558,982 in its non-tax revenue.

The ordinance further states that the local chief executive and/or the presiding officer of the SP concerned may be, by ordinance, authorized to augment any item in the approved annual budget for their respective offices from savings in other items within the same expense class of their respective appropriations and priority shall be given to the personnel benefits of local employees in the use of Personal Services Savings. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Dec. 1, 2016)