Bayron dismayed over ‘only’ P200M increase in 2016 Budget

Puerto Princesa City Hall (Photo//Palawan News)

Mayor Lucilo R. Bayron expressed dismay after learning that the increase in the 2016 Budget of Puerto Princesa City was a measly two hundred million pesos.

The city mayor made his “dismay” known during the “Kapehan” he is again hosting at the City Hall on October 26.

He announced in the weekly media gathering that the draft budget of P2.3 billion for 2016 only gained a little increase from the P2.1 billion current budget.

“Hindi ako happy sa increase na iyan (I am not happy about that increase),” Bayron told members of the local media.

He stressed that the increase is a “conservative estimate” because the city government does not want to speculate on the amount of revenues it could collect.

Any large increase in the collection next year, he said, can be allocated in the form of “supplemental budget.”

The city chief executive also noted that financial recovery has already been felt, and it is due to proper fiscal management.

“Dahan-dahan na inaayos natin ang financial situation ng lungsod (Slowly but surely, we are fixing the financial situation of the city),” he said.

Among the highlights of the 2016 Budget is the possible increase in the wages of job order employees of the city government from P190 to P225 per day, and the construction of various farm-to-market roads in outlying barangays of the city. The 2016 Budget was calendared in last Monday’s regular session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod. It was referred for review to the Committee on Appropriations.

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