City Council approves 2018 budget

Under the proposed measure, the barangays should issue a notice signed by the barangay chairman enjoining professional squatters to vacate the illegally occupied property within a day.

The City Council on Monday approved the city government’s budget for 2018 amounting to P2.8-billion.  

Appropriations committee chairman, Councilor Jonjie Rodriguez said the budget, which is higher than the current year’s P2.5 appropriation, is divided into personnel services (30%), economic services (30%), social services (30%) and other services (10%).

 “If you are to compare it to the last year’s budget, the allocation is almost the same, with a big portion allocated for infrastructure projects,” he said.

Rodriguez earlier said the funded infrastructure projects include the improvement of the city’s connecting and arterial roads, which serve as alternate routes to help ease the traffic problem in the city.

Rodriguez also noted the increased budgetary allocation for senior citizens, from last year’s P20 million to P54 million in 2018.

 “The city government plans to give each senior citizen a monthly allowance of P500,” he said.

This in consonance with the Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010, enjoining local government units to provide the said monthly stipend to indigent senior citizens to augment their daily subsistence and other medical needs.

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