SE­NATE PASSES ARMM’S P33.5B BUD­GET

Manila Times - - REGION - JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL RHEA RUTH ROSELL RENAN ALANGILAN

COTA­BATO CITY: The fast ap­proval of P33.569-bil­lion bud­get for the Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao (ARMM) for 2018 by the Se­nate in less than one minute on Wed­nes­day was per­ceived by the con­stituents as the law­mak­ers’ trust and con­fi­dence in the lead­er­ship of the au­ton­o­mous re­gion. ARMM ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary Laisa Alamia, said the Sen­a­tors dur­ing the ple­nary bud­get hear­ing did not raise any ques­tions which made the bud­get ap­proval quick. The Se­nate fi­nance sub­com­mit­tee en­dorsed the bud­get pro­posal on Septem­ber 18 after the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives passed it Septem­ber 12. ARMM Gov. Mu­jiv Hata­man said P14.661 bil­lion is for per­son­nel ser­vice; P14.042- bil­lion for cap­i­tal out­lay and P4.766bil­lion for main­te­nance and other op­er­at­ing ex­penses.

NEW RO- RO WHARF OPENS IN CEBU

TOP of­fi­cials in Cebu in­au­gu­rated a roll- on- roll- off ( ro- ro) wharf at the City of Pu­lam­bato Port in Bogo City to spur eco­nomic growth in north­ern Cebu. Gov. Hi­lario Da­vide 3rd said the wharf makes Cebu ac­ces­si­ble to neigh­bor­ing is­lands, in­clud­ing Lu­zon. Sim­i­larly, Bogo City Mayor Carlo Martinez said the open­ing of the P45.7- mil­lion new wharf is in­stru­men­tal in the growth of the city as it ac­cepts more pas­sen­ger ships to dock there. Port Of­fi­cer- in- Charge Nel­son Navares said the port serves the towns of Catain­gan and Cawayan in Mas­bate and the towns of Vil­l­aba and Palom­pon in Leyte. Lite Ship­ping Cargo, a Cebu- based ship­ping line, will also start its six- hour ser­vice from Pu­lam­bato Port to Cal­bayog City Port in Western Sa­mar, Bogo City Port’s fifth route, Navares said. In 2012, the port made an an­nual in­come of P2 mil­lion. Navares said he is ex­pect­ing to in­crease this in­come to P7mil­lio with the port’s devel­op­ment and ad­di­tional routes.

SINULOG VEN­DORS TO OB­SERVE COLOR COD­ING SCHEME

CEBU City will im­ple­ment color cod­ing and ID Sys­tem on all ven­dors of can­dles, flow­ers, bal­loons and religious icon near the Basil­ica del Santo Niño dur­ing the fi­esta cel­e­bra­tion com­monly known as Sinulog Mardi­gras on the third Sun­day of Jan­uary next year. City Coun­cilor and Deputy Mayor Dave Tu­mu­lak met with all side walk ven­dors on Fri­day to help them or­ga­nize and plan their stalls lo­ca­tion to main­tain or­der dur­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties. Thou­sands of lo­cal and for­eign tourists come ev­ery year to cel­e­brated and re­ceive mir­a­cles from Cebu pa­tron saint – Se­nior Santo Niño. The city will also pro­vide a place for the devo­tees to stay for a night – a con­tainer van fur­nished like a de­cent room – lo­cated near the Basil­ica.

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