The proposed Negros Occidental provincial government budget for 2015 is P2.637 billion, or an increase of P347 million from P2.290 billion this year, Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan said yesterday.
The proposed budget has to be submitted to Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. for signing, after which it will be transmitted to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for approval, he said.
“We expect to transmit the proposed budget to the SP on or before October 16 , the deadline for submission,” he said.
The increase in the 2015 budget will come from the higher Internal Revenue Allotment share, general fund from real property tax and rentals, and economic enterprise earnings of the province, he said.
The IRA of the province that is P2.037 billion this year is expected to increase to P2.340 billion next year, or P303 million more, Pinongan said.
The general fund that is at P83 million this year will be P89 million next year, or an increase of P6 million, the economic enterprise fund that is at P169 million this year will be P208 million next year, or an increase of P39 million, he added.
The earnings of the provincial government from its hospitals have increased with the national government’s expansion of PhilHealth coverage to include more individuals, Pinongan said.
He said the earnings of the provincial government’s hospitals are expected to increase even further next year as the national government moves towards universal health care coverage.
Meanwhile, Pinongan said that under the Capitol reorganization, Ian De Ramos will be Project Development Officer IV heading the Special Programs and Concerns Division under the Office of the Provincial Administrator
This new assignment encompasses over-all supervision and management of Pana-ad Park and Stadium, Sports Development Program and Public Affairs Office.
Ana Marie Lucasan will be the division head of the Special Project Management Office under the Provincial Planning and Development Office, and Karen Dinsay, current head of the Public Information Office, will head the new scholarship division under the Office of the Governor, he added.
The Public Information Office has been merged with the Investments and Promotions Office that has yet to be filled, he added.
De Ramos, Lucasan and Dinsay will assume their posts immediately, Pinongan said.
The reorganization of Capitol personnel covered by the general fund and economic enterprises have been completed, he said.
The bulk of the new positions were created at the provincial agriculture and veterinarian offices, he added.
Positions under reorganization will be fully implemented by January 2015 when the new budget is in effect, he added.
The reorganization of hospital operations has yet to be implemented as they must adhere to the standards of the Department of Health, Pinongan said.*CPG
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