With hearings about to start, Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III is hopeful that that the Provincial Board (PB) will not cut down on the planned P3.6 billion budget for next year.
The politiko made this statement after noting the proposed budget is a “realistic” one.
“Since 2013, we’ve been proposing a realistic budget nga mohaom sa atong panginahanglan (that would fit our needs). So I’m hopeful that the Provincial Board will act on it and approve the entire budget,” Davide stressed.
He added that the executive’s budget proposal went through stringent scrutiny starting from the time they were proposed by each of the department at the Capitol.
“Now, it’s the turn of the Provincial Board to ask questions about the budget that we submitted. And so, we hope that they will approve it,” Davide said.
The PB, through the committee on budget and appropriations, will conduct marathon hearings on the 2017 budget proposal from November 22 to 24.
Each department will present their respective budget proposals to the PB.
Among the biggest budget proposals is for hospital operations, amounting to P881.9 million, which is about P235.9 million higher than the P646-million budget for hospital operations this year.
The executive is also asking for a bigger budget of P30 million for medical supplies, from this year’s approved budget of P23 million.
Other departments and offices budget include, among others: Provincial Health Office, P488 million; Office of the Governor, P614.8 million; Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, P135 million; Provincial Disaster Risk the Reduction and Management Office, P166 million; Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, P118 million; Provincial Agriculture Office, P109 million; and Provincial Veterinary Office, P34 million.
The executive’s total proposed budget of P3.6 billion is only about P200 million higher than their approved budget this year of P3.4 billion.