QC eyes P19-b budget
THE 36-member Quezon City council will begin hearing today the city’s 2018 proposed budget of P19 billion.
City administrator Aldrin Cuña said the bulk of next year’s budget—P8.2 billion or 43.37 percent—shall go to social services, while P6.3 billion or 33.32 percent would be earmarked for public services. Economic services shall get P3.2 billion, while legislative services are allocated P1.14 billion.
The proposed budget has been initially filtered by the local finance committee, of which Cuña is chairman.
“The proposed appropriations program for the ensuing fiscal year seeks to maintain our standing as the Philippines’ back-to-back most competitive city in terms of infrastructure, economic dynamism, efficiency and resiliency,” said Mayor Herbert Bautista in a draft message to the city council obtained by Manila Standard.
In 2017, the city’s approved budget was P16.1 billion. As of Oct. 3, Quezon City’s total annual income from taxes and fees has reached P15.18 billion against its full-year target of P17.72 billion.
In 2016, Quezon City surpassed its budget target with a surplus of P16.1 million.
Meanwhile, Bautista on Sunday vowed to give 100 percent support to police to deter criminality.
The mayor assured Quezon City Police District chief Guillermo Eleazar of the city government’s commitment to provide them with all they need to beef up their capability and improve their crime-fighting efforts.
With 19 months left before the 2019 local elections, Bautista said the city government will continue to support the QCPD to ensure the benefits of peace and order shall be enjoyed by the city’s three million constituents.
The city recently donated 150 patrol motorcycles and 485 bullet-proof vests to the QCPD at Camp Karingal. Bautista also disclosed the procurement of additional patrol vehicles and firearms, rehabilitation of all existing police stations, and construction of three additional police stations to ensure 24-hour police visibility.
Moreover, the mayor said the city government would also acquire a custom-made mobile patrol van to be converted into an incident command and communication center.
The police’s cyber-crime office, equipped with 250 surveillance cameras, will start its operations in November, he added.
The Quezon City government earlier donated vehicles, hand-held radios and other communications equipment, firearms and ammunition and gasoline subsidy to fully support the police.