Caluag vin­di­cated with EdSa’s so­cial pro­grams

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY IAN OCAMPO FLORA Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— May­oralty as­pi­rant Vilma Caluag said that she is vin­di­cated by the cur­rent move of the city gov­ern­ment here to re­lease funds for so­cial ser­vice pro­grams.

Caluag said that she cred­its this “knee-jerk” re­ac­tion of Mayor Ed­win San­ti­ago to the fact that she had en­tered the scene in the com­ing 2019 midterm polls here. Caluag, who is cur­rent Barangay Cap­tain of Dolores and a mem­ber of the city coun­cil, is run­ning against San­ti­ago and three other may­oralty as­pi­rants.

in terms of gov­er­nance, en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion, pro­mo­tion of cul­ture, peace and cat­a­lyst of change through sus­tain­able trade and in­vest­ment, qual­ity and af­ford­able ed­u­ca­tion,” the COA said in its re­port.

The prov­ince has mer­i­to­ri­ously car­ried out its mis­sion for the year 2017.

The Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment of Pam­panga is one of the few lo­cal gov­ern­ment units in the coun­try with a sound and sta­ble fi­nan­cial state. It be­longs to the first in­come class and has no fifth and sixth in­come class mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, the COA added.

The COA re­port shows that based on the State­ment of Re­ceipts and Ex­pen­di­tures of the Pro­vin­cial Trea­surer’s Of­fice, the to­tal rev­enue of the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment from all sources amounted to P3.05 bil­lion. There was P160.99 mil­lion or 5.70 per­cent in­crease com­pared with the to­tal rev­enue of P2.66 bil­lion in 2016, and an in­crease of 13 per­cent from 2015 rev­enue of P2.44 bil­lion.

The 2017 rev­enue of P3.05 bil­lion in­cludes: P446.76 mil­lion from lo­cal tax rev­enues; P488.2I lo­cal non-tax rev­enues; P2.11 bil­lion from In­ter­nal Rev­enue Al­lot­ment (IRA); and 8.84 mil­lion from other shares from na­tional tax col­lec­tions.

As of De­cem­ber 2017, there were a to­tal of P13.11 tril­lion in­vest­ments in Pam­panga be­ing mon­i­tored and as­sisted by the De­part­ment of Trade and In­dus­try (DTI)Pam­panga. These in­vest­ments had gen­er­ated 39,683 jobs in the prov­ince. The 2017 ap­proved in­vest­ments worth P123.3 bil­lion in Cen­tral Lu­zon are ex­pected to gen­er­ate more jobs in the prov­ince.

Mean­while, Cebu prov­ince is still the rich­est prov­ince in the Philip­pines in 2017 with to­tal as­sets of P34.14 bil­lion.

Cebu has been ranked as the rich­est prov­ince of the coun­try for four con­sec­u­tive fis­cal years. It was fol­lowed by Com­postela val­ley with P18.95 bil­lion in as­sets in 2017 from the pre­vi­ous es­ti­mate of P3.74 bil­lion in 2016.

Batan­gas ranked third with P15.56 bil­lion fol­lowed by Rizal (fourth) with P14 bil­lion, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal (fifth) with P12.88 bil­lion, Zam­bales (sixth) with P10.455 bil­lion, Bu­la­can (sev­enth) with P10.451, Palawan (eight) with P10.15 bil­lion, Iloilo (ninth) with P10.04 bil­lion.

The prov­inces of La­guna, Nueva Ecija, and Leyte fell out of this year’s COA top ten rank­ings.

With three prov­inces in the top 10 list, Cen­tral Lu­zon bested all the other re­gions in the coun­try.

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