After a series of deliberations with concerned departments, the Sangguniang Panlungsod approved the proposed P 1.1 billion annual budget for next year 2022, which according to Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo will allow the local government to implement more infrastructure projects and extend enhanced social benefits to the citizens amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Sangguniang Panlungsod, through Councilor Lilani Ramon, chairperson of the Committee on Finance and Appropriations, invited the heads of departments and divisions to deliberate on the priority projects and activities of their respective agencies that correspond to the immediate needs of the public.
Next year’s P1.1 billion annual budget of the City of Dumaguete is allocated for the following sectors: P 416 million for general public services sector; P 271 million for basic social welfare and health services for the people; P 211 million for economic services and infrastructure projects and P 206 million for development projects and disaster management.
Among the major infrastructure projects approved by Mayor Remollo to be implemented in 2022 include the construction of concrete bridge connecting Candau-ay-Balugo (near recently closed dumpsite) at P43.9 million; construction of bridge connecting Barangays Batinguel-Junob amounting to P25 million; shoreline protection for Poblacion 1 (Tinago) at P 15 million and establishment of sanitary landfill at P 15 million; construction of Women’s Protection Center at P 3.9 million and the construction and repair of 9 day care centers at P 2.5 million.
Mayor Remollo also provided an additional budget of P 12 million next year for the proposed flood control project in Banilad-Mangnao aside from the P 8 million appropriated this year.
The following social services will be funded and continued next year that include P 15 million for emergency and public assistance; P 15 million for financial assistance to indigent families/individuals in crisis situation; P 1.4 million for funeral assistance for indigent residents; P 100, 000 for death and hospitalization benefits for bonafide barangay tanods; P 100, 000 for programs and activities to promote the welfare of LGBT community; P 6.5 million for feeding program and provision of vitamin supplements nutritionally deficient children and at risk pregnant mothers; P 33 million for response to COVID-19 pandemic; P 6.6 million for financial assistance for tuition fees and school supplies; P 1.6 million for programs/activities benefitting the Persons with Disabilities PWDs; P 3.5 million for burial assistance to senior citizens; P 5 million for grant of longevity award for senior citizens (80-years-old and above); P 10 million for the purchase for medicine, medical supplies and equipment; P 419, 000 for free medical consultation with medicines for indigent senior citizens; P 1.4 million for students’ summer job; P 1.9 million for job start Program Training; P 600, 000 financial assistance for OFWs who are distressed, displaced or separated from spouse, among other programs.
And to further maintain the favorable peace and order situation of the city the total amount of P 23.5 million has been allocated to fund the various operating expenses in addition to the P 5.4 million for the contract of services of Barangay Police Safety Officers; monthly incentive allowance for PNP, BFP, BJMP, PDEA and NBI Personnel at P 3 million; monthly incentive allowance for all bonafide Barangay Tanods at P 2.5 million and P 2 million for the acquisition of equipment for City Peace and Order Council activities.