The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental unanimously approved yesterday the proposed P4,325,839,008 billion budget of the provincial government for 2020.
Of the approved budget, P4.2 billion is intended for the general fund and P121,945,321 is earmarked for the Economic Enterprise Development Department of the province, Board Member Rommel Debulgado, chairperson of the SP Committee on Finance, said yesterday.
Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer said that they were able to reach their objective to approve the proposed budget by the end of this month, without sacrificing thorough deliberations and scrutiny.
The general fund budget of P4.2 billion posted an increase of P202 million, compared to this year, Ferrer said.
This will translate to more projects and programs that will benefit the entire province and Negrenses, he added.
Debulgado, who had pushed for its approval, after two weeks of the tedious job of scrutinizing and deliberating on the budget, said that the bulk of the budget went to Personal Services – P2.1 billion, special purpose appropriations – P1.2 billion and P780.8 million for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses.
He said the heads of the various departments and offices were able to justify their budgets.
“The executive budget mirrors our effort to achieve the visions anchored on the Abanse Negrense 7-point development agenda spelled in terms of agriculture and food security, building of infrastructures, roads and other structures, advancement of economic trade and investment, as well as employment opportunities, nurturing of public health, sustainable environmental management and tourism development, education culture and sports as well as ICT, and Negrosanons brand of good governance and human development,” Debulgado said.
He also reported that the bulk of the budget for next year came from the Internal Revenue Allotment, which is P3,725,935,964, from non-tax revenues – P379,957,719, and P98 million from tax revenues income.*
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