LINGAYEN, Pangasinan—The proposed P3.75-billion provincial budget for fiscal year 2018 has been endorsed for approval to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan after it was approved by the provincial board’s Committee on Appropriations, Economic Affairs, and Ways and Means on Nov. 14.
The Appropriations Committee chair, 3rd District Board Member Angel Baniqued Jr. and Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim Jr., led the hearing at the SP session hall, where key officials of provincial government offices and departments, and chiefs of local hospitals, presented and defended their budgets.
The Office of the Provincial Veterinarian, will present its budget next week via a special committee hearing, Baniqued said.
The proposed budget for next year is nine percent more than the 2017 budget of P3.422 billion, Calimlim said.
Over P1.67 billion of next year’s budget, or 44.6 percent, would go to social services, followed by P1.27 billion for general services (33.8 percent) and P809 million for economic services (21.6 percent).
On personal services, the implementation of the third tranche of the salary schedule under Executive Order No. 201 dated February 19, 2016 is proposed to be effective on January 1, 2018. Partial implementation of hazard pay to health workers was also proposed in the ordinance.
The province’s total personal services allocation at 33.6 percent has not yet reached the maximum Personal Services Cap under Section 325 (a) of Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code.
Total personal services would rise by P108 million next year due to the implementation of a salary increase to include casual and job-order employees assigned at offices and hospitals of the province, the vice governor said.
Maintenance and other operating expenses of offices and hospitals also increased by P132 million based on programs, projects and activities to be implemented by these offices.
The other board members who attended the budget hearing were Jeremy Agerico B. Rosario, Noel C. Bince, Salvador S. Perez, Jr, Chinky Perez-Tababa, Generoso D. Tulagan, Jr., Shiela Marie Perez-Galicia, , Clemente Ninio B. Arboleda, Liberato Z. Villegas, Raul P. Sison and Jeanne Jinky C. Zaplan.