The Sanngguniang Panglungsod last week approved the annual budget for 2018 was already approved by the 13th Sangguniang Panlungsod last week.
The city budget was pegged at P1, 046,003,157.00 as the budget ordinance was authored by the Chair on the Committee on Appropriations and Accounts, City Councilor Adam Relson Jala.
The budget will cover priority initiatives for next year such as the concreting of roads, specifically the interior barangay roads, phase 7 of the street lighting facilities which will be installed along V.P. Inting beginning at NFA passing through Mansasa-Dampas to Toledo Street up to Petron Gasoline Station, 2nd phase construction of the Tagbilaran City College, 3rd phase construction of the Paglaum Center, 1st phase construction of the City Engineering Office, 2nd phase of the Landscaping of the City Hall, renovation of Manga Market, rehabilitation of pump houses, pumping stations and distribution lines, purchase of additional CCTVs cameras and purchase of ambulance.
The City Government of Tagbilaran is in continuous partnership with USAID-SURGE through which it aims to accomplish and effect progressive changes in its public service delivery.
City Vice-Mayor Jose Antonio Veloso with Committee Chair on Appropriations and Accounts City Councilor Adam Jala and Budget Officer Marysol Perocho led a series of budget hearings with the different department heads of the city government’s various offices to analyze the soundness of each department’s budget allocation.
The expenditure program distribution by sector lists the General Public Services as having the highest allocation with P558.28 million, followed by the Economic Services with P244.62 million, Social Services and Welfare with P131.05 million, Health, Nutrition and Population with P70.02 million, and the Calamity Reserve with P42.06 million.
The Economic Enterprise performed well this year with net income amounting to almost P34 million as of October this year. Unlike last year where it was subsidized with P13.3 million for its operational expenses. Tagbilaran City is not fully dependent on its Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) pegged at P390.56 million, the amount accounts only 38 percent of the total annual budget for 2018.
Revenue Generation Consultant Primitiva Ontong said this is a strong indication that Tagbilaran City’s collection is more than enough to cover its operational expenditures.
City Mayor John Geesnell Yap is optimistic that the 2018 Annual Budget will further reinforce the current excellent track of the City Government in fulfilling its objective. Mayor Yap is also hopeful that with the positive trend of the city government’s revenue collections, posting an increase from the previous years, the city will again exceed its targeted revenues and will perform even stronger for 2018.