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Budget ok seen in December

The proposed P2.2 billion budget of the Negros Occidental provincial government for 2014 may likely be approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan either by Dec. 11 or 18, Board Member Salvador Escalante yesterday said.

The deliberations of the budget went through smooth sailing at the committee on Finance and Appropriations, and Escalante, committee chairperson, said they were able to conclude it yesterday.

He said the committee members will have another meeting Wednesday next week for the presentation of the draft committee report.

Once the Provincial Development Council submits the detailed use of the 20 Percent Development Fund, they will include it in the 2014 budget for presentation to the SP.

This time, Escalante said, the presentation of budget will be in details, and not in lump sum, as in previous years.

The approval of the 2013 budget last year was delayed for several months, because of many issues raised on it, including the details of the 20 percent development fund.

Of the P2.2 billion budget, Escalante said, P600 million will go to the Economic Enterprise Development Division for use in hospital operations.

The SP also approved yesterday the 2013 supplemental budget 4 of the province of P4,393,220, and P11,945,588 for EEDD, on first reading.

Of the P4.3 million supplemental budget of the provincial government, Escalante said, of P2.4 million will used to pay the back wages of Provincial Accountant Merle Fortu

He added that P3 million has been allocated for the purchase of 100 beds for the expansion of the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in SilayCity, aside from the purchase of a voltage correction system for the oxygen plant, which is now operating at 70 percent capacity due to fluctuations in electricity, among others.*GPB

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