Negros Occidental board members will have no Special Project Allocation (SPA), known in Congress as “pork barrel”, this time, for use in their respective districts.
Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer said that he and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan members did not insert any allocation for projects in their districts, in the newly approved annual budget of P4.3 billion for next year.
Ferrer said Wednesday that “pork barrel” only happens in Congress, stressing that the provincial government only has a small budget.
During the administration of then Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., each SP member was a given a P4 million SPA annually, former board member Salvador Escalante, who is now Cadiz City mayor, said.
“Whatever projects and programs Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson implements in every district we are all part of it,” Ferrer said.
“But we can always request from the governor, because he controls the budget," Ferrer said.
The general budget of the provincial government of Negros Occidental for next year is P4.2 billion, an increase of P202 million compared to this year.
On Wednesday, the SP also approved the P121, 945, 321 budget of the provincial government Economic Enterprise Development Department, making the approved appropriations to P4.3 billion.*
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