While the pro­posed an­nual bud­get is big­ger, the mayor de­cided to re­duce the spend­ing on trav­els and sem­i­nars.

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Man­daue City Mayor Gabriel Luis Quisumbing sub­mit­ted a P4-bil­lion pro­posed bud­get for 2018 to the City Coun­cil yes­ter­day, the big­gest bud­get pro­posed by a lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tive in the City Gov­ern­ment’s his­tory.

The amount is al­most dou­ble com­pared to the City’s P2.4 bil­lion an­nual bud­get this year.

Quisumbing said the ex­ec­u­tive de­part­ment ini­tially wanted to sub­mit a P2.6-bil­lion bud­get for next year but they in­cluded an ap­pro­pri­a­tion for the in­stal­la­tion of drainage sys­tems based on the City’s drainage master plan.

“It is the largest bud­get in the city’s his­tory but more im­por­tantly the largest in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture as it in­cludes over P250 mil­lion for drainage, pri­mar­ily in the Pak­naan out­fall and along Mahiga Creek,” he said.

The ex­ec­u­tive de­part­ment also in­cluded an ap­pro­pri­a­tion for the con­struc­tion of a gov­ern­ment cen­ter, which will be built be­hind the Man­daue City Sports Cen­ter.

The fa­cil­ity will house lo­cal and na­tional gov­ern­ment of­fices such as the Bu­reau of In­ter­nal Rev­enue, De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources, and Na­tional Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The City, Quisumbing said, will take out a loan from the bank to fund the project.

Quisumbing said the banks of­fered the City a 15-year-pe­riod to pay off the loan at P100 mil­lion per year.

The mayor be­lieves the City can pay for it be­cause of its good fi­nan­cial stand­ing.

The in­crease in the an­nual bud­get is also in line with the prom­ise of Quisumbing dur­ing his State of the City Ad­dress (Soca) last July to in­crease in­fra­struc­ture spend­ing in 2018.

He said that 31 per­cent of the 2018 An­nual In­vest­ment Plan and a por­tion of the City’s cash in bank amount­ing to P2.3 bil­lion, will be al­lot­ted for in­fra­struc­ture projects.

Un­der the 2018 pro­posed bud­get, the ex­ec­u­tive de­part­ment also in­creased the ap­pro­pri­a­tion for so­cial ser­vices.

“But what the ma­jor change re­ally is the re­duc­tion of the main­te­nance and other op­er­at­ing ex­pen­di­tures, which means less trav­els and less team build­ing sem­i­nars,” he said.

The City Coun­cil will de­lib­er­ate on the pro­posed bud­get in the com­ing weeks. /

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