Davao City's 2011 budget plan: P4.11B

Subscribe Now October 17, 2010 at 10:45pm

THE Davao City Council will calendar for first reading in the next regular session the city’s proposed P4.11 billion for 2011.

City Councilor Myrna Dalodo-Ortiz, chair of the City Council committee on finance, ways and means and appropriations, on Sunday said the proposed budget for next year was officially transmitted by the executive department to the legislative body last October 15. Ortiz, in Sunday's regular television program "Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa," said the proposed 2011 budget is slightly higher than this year's P4.03 billion.

The councilor said that after the proposed budget will be approved for first reading, she will immediately schedule a series of budget hearings.

The City Council is mandated by law to scrutinize the proposed annual budget and can slash funding for some of the items, but cannot increase amount or delete any item incorporated in it.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, in her first State of the City Address marking her first 100 days in office last October 10, said 46 percent of the development fund will be allotted for social development and another 16 percent for economic development.

As in the previous years, the executive department also set aside an amount for each of the City Council members for their Annual Development Fund (ADF) for barangay projects.

Mayor Duterte, however, has slashed the councilors’ ADF, or "pork barrel," to make it only P2 million, a million pesos less than the amount apportioned to each of them in the previous years.

Duterte said she also wants the councilors to divide their P2 million ADF equally for infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects.

The Office of the Vice Mayor, now headed by Rodrigo R. Duterte and with a 2010 budget of P9 million, also saw an ADF cut of P3 million and will have to be content with P6 million for 2011.

The councilors had no complaint with the mayor's decision to slash their "pork," saying it was Duterte's prerogative to do so.

Floor Leader Emmanuel D. Galicia said they will just have to explain the slash to the barangay captains, who are the ones helping them identify projects in the barangays.

City Council speaker pro tempore Melchor Quitain said he also finds no reason to complain.

"It makes no difference to me. The mayor knows best," Quitain said.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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