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Mayor Bongat submits P1.14B budget for 2018

By: Armie B. Gunay, CEPPIO

Mayor John G. Bongat has submitted to the Sangguniang Panlungsod the city’s proposed annual budget for the year 2018 in the amount of P1, 138, 780, 544.31 which is slightly higher than the 2017 budget of P1, 111, 041, 440.30.

Still, if approved, it is still the highest budget for any city in Bicol and the only one breaching the P1B budget mark.

Job and livelihood creation, services in health, and education and solid waste management programs remain in the priority list, along with other development projects to be undertaken by the city government in the coming year.

As reflected in the proposed budget, the City Government will be sustaining its support for education— making opportunities especially for the less privileged families to send their children to school— setting aside P13M budget for the scholarships.

Pushing forth to improve its social welfare services, the proposed budget also includes P20.14M for food supplies expenses for the patient’s meal. This will include those in the city hospitals (the Naga City Hospital and Our Lady of Lourdes Infirmary), as well as the wards at the Naga City Children’s Home.

The family beneficiaries of Sanggawadan will also be benefitted by the allocated food supplies as well as the feeding programs for the malnourished children of the Naga City Population and Nutrition Office, among others.

It also includes P19.60M for drugs and medicines of the city health facilities, while P6.3M will be for dental and laboratory equipment, to further beef up its health programs.

HIGHLIGHTS of the proposed 2018 Annual Budget of Naga City. (Infographics by Rafael Racso Vitan)

As the city also tries to respond to rising demand for infrastructures, a big bulk of the budget amounting to P67M will be allotted for road projects and other infrastructure and building constructions.

With its thrust also in capacitating its people with necessary knowledge and skills especially during emergencies, a budget of P57M will be for the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (LDRRMF)— to be used in various basic life support and first aid skills trainings, as well as in acquiring necessary emergency supplies for relief goods operations, to better the city preparations and response to unwanted disasters that could strike.

As part also of the safety and security initiatives of the city government, a P5M will go for the installation of new streetlights particularly in the minor city streets and alleys, to ensure safety for the walking public and students, especially at night.

With the continuous undertakings in the waste management program of the city, a P16.75M will be for the acquisition of additional garbage trucks— for a more efficient garbage collection, while other solid waste management programs will be given a P40.70M budget under the Local Development Fund (LDF).

Under still the LDF, which is a separate fund of the city for major development projects, initiatives for the rehabilitation of the Naga River will get P11.39M.

Reflective in the city budget is the comparatively lower dependency of the city government upon the national government’s allocation for the city (Internal Revenue Allocation)— comprising only 46% of its budget fund, than that of the city’s own income (local revenue sources).

Meanwhile, the proposed budget is still under scrutiny by the Sangguniang Panlungsod while budget hearing are still being regularly conducted by the Committee on Appropriations with the active participation of the Naga City People’s Council (NCPC), Liga ng mga Barangay and women’s and various organizations.

DETAILS of the 2018 Proposed P1.14B Naga City Budget. (Infographics by: Rafael Racso Vitan)

State of Our City Report 2017

Bongat stresses faith in Nagueños, bares triumphs

By Jason B. Neola

NAGA CITY — Stressing his faith in Nagueños that he said never wanes in spirit to bring out the best in Team Naga, Mayor John G. Bongat asked his constituents to continue to join him in the journey towards his third and final term in office.

First elected to the post in 2010, Bongat, whose term as city mayor here will end in 2019, pleaded before the jampacked People’s Mall on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, for the public’s all-out support to his administration: “In this last term of mine, I appeal to you to give it your all. “Itao na nindo an gabos na suporta asin tiwala na hinahagad ko para sa padagos na marikas na pag-uswag kan satuyang ciudad.”

The mayor recounted the days when he was city councilor in 2001 up to the time he was elected city mayor. He said he did his best during those days because he believes that his constituents deserve no less.

“You have proven to be Team Naga’s reliable partners through the years, never waning in support to bring out the best in us. My first and second terms have been a sweep in our favor, phenomenal as it has been, the so-called Ubos kun ubos, Gabos kun gabos,” he said.

2017 Mayoral awardees to be announced this week

MAYOR John G. Bongat is set to announce this week the successful nominees to this year’s prestigious Mayoral Awards.

Inside sources said at least 32 from 44 30 nominees received by the Mayoral Awards Committee have made it to the elite list of successful nominees by the Board of Judges led by Dr. Elna N. Chia, M.D.

The committee said it took the Board of Judges more than a month to validate, evaluate and finally choose the best among them for conferment by the city mayor.

The mayoral awards and the annual search for outstanding citizens of Naga is one of the highlight activities of the city’s annual celebration of its charter day on June 18. Conferment of the awards, however, will be held on June 17, on the eve of the city’s charter day, at Avenue Convention Plaza.