Board ap­proves P4B 2019 bud­get

The Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Pro­vin­cial Board unan­i­mously ap­proved the P4 bil­lion 2019 bud­get on its third and fi­nal read­ing dur­ing their re­cent reg­u­lar ses­sion.

Watchmen Daily Journal - - Front Page - By Do­minique Gabriel G. Bañaga Oc­ci­den­tal Al­fredo

Ac­cord­ing to Board Mem­ber Sal­vador Es­calante, Jr., who chairs the Com­mit­tee on Fi­nance, the lat­est bud­get, which took nearly a month to de­lib­er­ate, is an in­crease from the P3.6 bil­lion ap­proved in 2018.

How­ever, he noted, the ap­proval was the “ear­li­est” in nine years.

Around P2.07 bil­lion will be al­lo­cated for per­son­nel ser­vices, about P755 mil­lion is set aside for main­te­nance and other op­er­at­ing ex­penses, and just over P1.17 bil­lion is al­lot­ted for spe­cial projects.

Ne­gros

Gov­er­nor

Marañon, Jr. ear­lier for­warded a let­ter to Vice Gov­er­nor Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son say­ing the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is al­lo­cat­ing funds for the on­go­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of pri­or­i­tized pro­grams, projects, and ac­tiv­i­ties un­der the Ne­gros First De­vel­op­ment Agenda.

Mean­while, Es­calante noted, the early ap­proval was made in or­der to avoid the elec­tion ban­ning pe­riod and

al­low var­i­ous pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and of­fices to have their pur­chase re­quests ready for ap­proval by Jan­uary 2019.

The elec­tion ban­ning pe­riod be­gins in March 2019, two months be­fore the midterm elec­tions./

(Paulo Loreto Lim photo)

A truck jut­ted out into Cir­cum­fer­en­tial Road in Ba­colod City’s Barangay Bata ear­lier this week as work­ers loaded the ve­hi­cle’s bed. In­stead of park­ing the ve­hi­cle par­al­lel to the street, the truck’s ori­en­ta­tion posed a haz­ard to mo­torists as it ob­structed the road.

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