Davao City budget hits P5.16 billion

Subscribe Now November 06, 2013 at 07:56am

The city council was considering a proposed P5.16 billion budget this year, which is higher than the P4.6 billion budget last year, and plans were underway to computerized transactions to minimize graft and corruption, Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang said.

He said the council approved the proposed budget on first reading last October and the city’s Information and Technology Office has recommended that collections of income generating agencies should be computerized to avoid opportunities for corruption.

“We need to make sure that the elbow room for corruption will be minimized. I think we should go into computerization,” Dayanhirang said.

With computerization, revenue generating offices such as the public markets, slaughterhouses, parks, ports, terminals and business bureaus will be linked to the Office of the City Treasurer.

Taxpayers could also go on-line to transact business and pay taxes. Computerization would lead to better control and centralization of goverenment functions such as flood monitoring.

Dayanghirang said the city could use as model the business practices of power and water utilities such as the Davao City Water District.

“We are aiming for central control and management of records,” Dayanghirang said.

Source: manilastandardtoday.com

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