R14.8-B budget for Manila passes
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.