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Beng spearheads marathon hearings for 2019 budget


Mayor Beng Climaco, chair of the City Finance Committee, spearheads marathon hearings to finalize preparation of the 2019 City Executive Budget.

The hearings kicked off Wednesday, August 7 and will wrap up late next week 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.

Budget forums with the barangays are also set next week.

The city government eyes a P3.4-billion budget for 2019 to realize the administration’s priority thrusts on security, health and education or SHE program and other projects together with infrastructures and basic social services.

For 2017, the City Government operates on a budget of P3.2 billion.

The proposed budget, once finalized will be forwarded to the City Council for concurrence and later submitted to the Department of Budget and Management for review and approval.

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 Coordinator 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.

The 2019 budget preparation started with the executive budget forum conducted last June 18 where members of the civil society organizations together with city department heads deliberated on the proposed budget. (Sheila Covarrubias/PR)

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