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Gov/Sanggunian harmonize people

In a dramatic twist, the Governor and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan are now reconciled “and back in each others’ arms” so to speak, if only to harmonize local governance for the sake of taxpayers welfare.

Governor Roel Degamo is optimistic that unlike in the previous year, his proposed P 2.33 billion annual budget for 2017 will be promptly approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

Representatives of the executive department under Degamo and SP Member Mariant Escano Villegas, Chairman of the Committee on Finance and Appropriation, will be meeting periodically to iron out differences by finding common grounds of agreements and shared priorities.

Dubbed as the balanced budget amounting to P 2,331,383, 610.00, the proposed major expenditures include: 1.07 billion for health, nutrition and population; social services and welfare P96.9 million; economic services, P434 million; calamity fund, P115.5 million; general public services, P 429.9 million; aid to the 557 barangay at P 4, 000 each, P2.2 million and debt servicing at P41.7 million. Some P 362.5 million will be utilized mainly for infrastructure projects under the 20% Development Fund.

Under the law, the Governor proposes while the SP authorizes by passing an appropriation ordinance. In the exercise of the legislative power of check balance, it can modify the proposed expenditures and seek enlightenment from various department heads in aid of legislation.





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