Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco has forwarded to Sangguniang Panlungsod for its approval the city government’s proposed budget of P4.38 billion for next year.
Climaco said the 2021 budget is a unique configuration of fiscal plans which assimilate all the previously identified needs of the city and the new challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
“As we struggle to embark on the Covid-19 new normal, we acknowledge that government services and the overall welfare of the people should be our primary concern, hence the social services sector comprises a majority of our fiscal plan at P2.4 billion or 56% of the entire budget,” she said.
The proposed budget also includes appropriation for the monthly allowance of 7,812 public school heads and teachers and 1,878 personnel of the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and Bureau of Fire Protection.
The city government will also increase the honoraria of 460 barangay health workers, 90 barangay nutrition scholars, 350 daycare workers, and 980 barangay tanods from P2,000 to P3,000 per month.
“As evident in our plans and programs, the beneficiaries of this budget are not limited to a privileged few. This budget, by all intents and purposes, is the budget for all the compoblanos of this city because as the mother of this city, I will always be driven by my instinct to protect and nurture my children from the economic turmoil and ill effects of this pandemic,” Climaco said.