The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental unanimously approved yesterday the proposed P40,565,675.74 supplemental budget number 10 of the provincial government, which was endorsed as urgent for approval by Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson.
Before its approval, Board Member Manuel Frederick Ko questioned the non-implementation of an irrigation project at the Negros First Ranch, that was approved in 2015, with a budget of P480,000 earmarked for labor cost.
Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer yesterday said that the previous administration may have forgotten to implement it in 2015, and the administration of Lacson has decided to implement it now.
Ferrer said the concerned department head is no longer an employee of the provincial government.
Of the approved supplemental budget, P25.5 million has been allocated to the Provincial Engineer’s Office for the installation of airconditioning units, 3-phase extension line with transformers, lightings and fixtures at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center, as well as design and improvement of Negros Residences.
The Provincial Health Office got a budget of almost P7 million for support to its Barangay Nutrition Program, travelling expenses, gasoline, oil and lubricants.
Other allocations were: Governor’s Office – P2.4 million, Negros Occidental Tourism Division – P200,000, Sports Development Section – P100,000, Provincial Treasurer’s Office – P500,000, Provincial Planning and Development Office –P250,000;
Office of the Provincial Agriculturists – P3.6 million, Provincial Veterinary Office – P500,000, Negros First Provincial Blood Center- P360,000 and 100,000 for the Hospital Operations Department.
The SP is also set to start today the five-day deliberations on the P4.2 billion proposed budget of the province, for year 2020.
Ferrer said they hope to approve the proposed annual budget by the first week of December, that is also being expected by Lacson.*
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