The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental yesterday approved two supplemental budgets with a total amount of P148,103,481, as requested by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., without any comment or objections from its members.
Marañon said Tuesday that politics is no longer hampering development in the province, as he described the SP as “very cooperative”.
On motion of Board Member Salvador Escalante, chairperson of the SP committee on Finance, the SP approved the supplemental budgets number 2 of the province of Negros Occidental in the amount of P114,384,651.09, and that of the Economic Enterprise Development Department in the amount of P33,718,830.
Escalante said the two supplemental budgets, which were subjected to two committee hearings, included the P22.5 million being earmarked for the construction of Negros First Cyber Center phase 2.
Last week, the SP also approved the P157.5 million loan of the province to the Development Bank of the Philippines, as also requested by Gov. Maranon, for the completion of the cyber center.
Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said Monday that the SP would approve the supplemental budget as it contains priority projects of the governor, and there is nothing controversial in it.
Marañon, in his letter request to the SP, said P114,384,651 of the 2013 Supplemental Budget No. 2 will be sourced from the retained earnings of the provincial government as of Dec. 31, 2012, in the amount of P108,931,432.09, and its P5,417,219 Internal Revenue Allotment differential.
Other items for funding under the P114.3 million, aside from the Negros First Cyber Center, included grants and donations – P19 million, counterpart for Negros First Rice Processing Center – P10 million, Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program – P10 million, construction of seven cottages – P9.4 million;
Counterpart fund for irrigation development – P6 million, separation pay of jail guards – P6.6 million, repair of the Cadiz District Hospital – P6.2 million, peace and order fund – P5.5 million, leave benefits – P5 million, additional works for Cadiz District Hospital – P4.4 million, purchase of vehicle – P2 million, as well as allocations for various supplies and services.
Meanwhile, the P33,718,830 allocation for the Supplemental Budget No. 2 of the EEDD of the provincial government will be sourced from the retained earnings of the provincial government as of Dec. 31, 2012 in the amount of P32,218,830, and the P1.5 million Mambukal Resort income from catering services as of July 10, 2013.
Of the P33.7 million, P7.3 million has been earmarked for personnel services of the Merceditas Montilla District Hospital in Sipalay City, P5 million for hospital equipment, P5 million for medical, dental and laboratory equipment, while the rest is being sought for consultancy services, overtime pay, supplies, travel and training services, repairs and allowances.*GPB