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Marathon hearings for 2018 budget ongoing


Marathon hearings have been set in preparation for the finalization of the 2018 Executive Budget and its eventual submission to the City Council for approval.

Presided by the City Finance Committee together with Mayor Beng Climaco, the marathon technical hearings kicked off Monday, August 7 and will wrap up Friday, August 11 to assess and evaluate the proposals of the different city departments, national high schools and Trial Courts and other agencies subsidized by the local government.

The projected Executive Budget for 2018 is P3.2 billion, about a hundred million more than the 2017 budget of P3.1 billion. Security, Health and Education (SHE) will continue to be the priority of the present administration.

Discussions during the hearings center on the requirements for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) of the city’s different national high schools, vocational technical schools, the Regional Trial Court and Municipal Trial Court branches, Shari’a District Court,  Office of the City Prosecutor and the different departments of the city including the office of the City Mayor.

The City Finance Committee is composed of the City Budget Officer, City Treasurer, City Auditor, City Accountant, City Planning and Development Officer and the Chairman of the Council committee on appropriations among others. Forming part of the committee based on a recent-approved circular are representatives from accredited Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).

Prior to the marathon budget hearings, the City Finance committee held a budget forum intended to help guide the different city departments in the preparation of their individual budget proposals for 2018 and to set the direction that the city will take by identifying programs and projects that would benefit the people and prioritizing the same.  (Sheila Covarrubias/PR)

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