R14.8-B bud­get for Manila passes

Manila Bulletin - - News - By CRIS G. ODRONIA

The Manila City Coun­cil ap­proved on third and fi­nal read­ing the pro­posed 114.8-bil­lion bud­get for this year.

The coun­cil on Jan­uary 3 voted 17-13 with four ab­sten­tions to pass the bud­get or­di­nance.

Coun­cilor Ernesto Dion­i­sio Sr., who chairs the ap­pro­pri­a­tions com­mit­tee, said the bud­get in­creased fund­ing for sev­eral city govern­ment of­fices.

Among those that re­ceived the big­gest al­lo­ca­tions are the Manila Health De­part­ment (MHD), Manila Traf­fic and Park­ing Bureau (MTPB), and Manila Tri­cy­cle Reg­u­la­tory Of­fice (MTRO).

MHD’s bud­get was 11,241,031,255, up by 1359 mil­lion, which was taken from the Mis­cel­la­neous and Other Op­er­at­ing Ex­penses for Drug and Medicines of the six city-run hos­pi­tals. MTPB’s al­lo­ca­tion was in­creased to 127.2 mil­lion from 1265,039,199, and MTRO’s bud­get to 14.3 mil­lion from 1149,804,981.

The coun­cil said MTPB and MTRO got big­ger ap­pro­pri­a­tions be­cause it will be un­der­go­ing a re­or­ga­ni­za­tion of MTPB and buy­ing elec­tric tri­cy­cles.

Ma­jor­ity Floor Leader Casimiro Si­son said they trust Mayor Joseph Estrada’s sound fis­cal man­age­ment.

“Con­sid­er­ing that Mayor Estrada came in when the city was bank­rupt, he was able to pay the debts, he was able to over­come the big deficit in the city, ma­g­a­nda ang ip­inakita niya sa fis­cal man­age­ment,” Si­son said.

Vice Mayor Maria Sheilah La­cuna Pan­gan, the coun­cil’s pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer, had asked a Manila court for a tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der and writ of pre­lim­i­nary in­junc­tion to stop the coun­cil’s ma­jor­ity bloc from im­ple­ment­ing or act­ing on the draft bud­get or­di­nance.

Pan­gan al­leged that the bud­get law had been rail­roaded.

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