NEWS: P22.4 M Davnor’s SB No. 4 approved with little hitch

oct 28

Snagging only with a little hitch raised by a questioning boardmember from Panabo, the P20-million general appropriation supplemental budget (SB) number 4 ordinance that contains a budget’s bulk for the Provincial Governor’s Office (PGO) was approved yesterday afternoon.

The SB No. 4 amounting to P22,404,836 was approved by present 11 members with Vice Gov. Victorio Suaybaguio Jr presiding the session following two queries posed by Boardmember Ely Dacalus on the expenditure object of over P8,000 and the “discrepancy” of a PGO budget amounting to over P4 million.

The budgetary measure was just received by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan yesterday with the Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario treating it as “urgent”.

Provincial Budget Officer Norma Lumain, who was asked to be present during the session, informed that the P8,389 expenditure object represented the five percent calamity fund taken from the province’s share of national wealth.

On the other hand, she said that while the PGO has a budget of P14,723,127 in summary by department, for the current year the governor’s office has a budget of P10,073,027, and the over P4.6 million “discrepancy” is stated under the 20-percent development fund.

Having known that, Dacalus, who said earlier “I’m a little bit confused”, said he was already enlightened.

Asked on why the measure was deemed urgent when transmitted, Lumain said that “there are items waiting to be paid, almost all items here”.

“The programs and projects have already started and to be completed” and “appropriations of department offices are already exhausted, so we have to act now,” she added.

A copy of the approved SP Appropriation Ordinance No. 2008-204 for the SB No. 4 is still to be obtained by the press at press time. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)


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