Some 30 percent of the city government’s proposed budget for 2018 amounting to P2.5 billion has been appropriated for road concreting projects, underlining the current administration’s push for infrastructure spending.
Regina Cantillo, department head of the City Budget Office, said the bulk of their proposed budget due for submission to the City Council is aimed at achieving their long term target of concreting all the city’s roads by 2020.
“Inuuna namin ‘yung mga roads ngayon, gusto kasi ni Mayor Lucilo Bayron by 2020, pati mga eskinita sementado na,” said Cantillo.
She also said that the 2018 budget will also focus on putting up streetlights to secure the safety and promote peace and order.
Cantillo admitted however that the government’s budget is still insufficient to fund their plans and projects. She said that they have encouraged income generating offices to explore enterprises that will help generate supplemental funds.
“Pati sa mga rural areas, tumitingin kami ng external funding para dito,” said Cantillo.
Cantillo said that they are also collaborating with other national agencies to tap additional fund sources for their infrastructure projects.
She said that despite the insufficient budget, adequate funding for health and other social services have been provided in their proposed budget.
“Lahat ng sector mapagbibigyan lalo na sa social services, health and all the basic needs, lahat ng basic needs lahat ‘yan maibibigay. We see to it na lahat ng barangay ay mayroon,” said Cantillo.
Cantillo said that the executive budget will be submitted to the Sangguniang Panlungsod on October 9-12 for deliberation.