THE chief executive of the nation’s capital Mayor Isko Moreno announced that he had already signed the ordinance appropriating a city budget of P20 billion for next year 2021.
In line with this, Moreno appealed to the taxpayers to help the city government by paying their taxes on time.
“’Yang 20 billion, pipilitin naming malikom para ipantustos sa mga pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan. Mga numero lang ‘yan huwag kayo masyado umasa nang mataas. Ang importante me goal ang pamahalaang-lungsod. ‘Pag na-achieve natin yan, maa-achieve na din natin pati mga tustusin,” Moreno said.
He added: “Sa mga taxpayers, sana ay tulungan ninyo ang gobyerno. Magbayad kayo sa takdang araw at bilang kapalit, magiging masinop, mainam at episyente kami sa pagtugon sa social problems ng lungsod.”
Under City Ordinance 8702 which was passed unanimously by the city council headed by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna as presiding officer, majority floor leader Atty. Joel Chua and president pro tempore Jhong Isip, the said amount is to be taken from the estimated income certified as reasonably collectible by the Local Finance Committee and which are not otherwise appropriated. Said funds appropriation represents authorized budgetary support for the continued operation of various departments, offices and obligations of the city.
The budgetary requirements include the following: no department or office of the city government shall abolish or convert existing plantilla positions, nor create new positions, without a valid ordinance and the necessary appropriation; unused appropriations cannot be classified as savings without the prior consent of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, the use of which requires a separate Ordinance; the appropriation of the Non-Office Account, being a contingency fund or back up fund that may be utilized by the City Government to support programs that need to be addressed immediately and/or to augment the funds needed by the different departments to finish certain programs/projects that were not sufficiently funded, cannot be utilized without specific program of expenditures endorsed by the city mayor to the Sangguniang Panlungsod through the Committee on Appropriations for approval.
Also, it requires that the payment for garbage hauling shall be based on trip tickets accompanied by a certification of the barangay chairman attesting that the garbage collection was actually conducted. Garbage hauling services shall be contracted out to one or more companies as recommended by the Department of Public Services to ensure efficient and timely collection of garbage.
Last year’s budget was P17 billion. ANDI GARCIA