Stakeholders from the private sector, city department heads, and the elected officials of Tagbilaran City gathered to prepare and mapped out the budget allocation for the programs, projects and activities of Tagbilaran City for 2019.
The discussion of the plan was divided into three major sectors – General Services, Economic and Social. The partnership between the private and government sector in this financial planning activity proved to be fruitful.
USAID-SURGE Coordinator Linda Paredes stressed that budgeting should be aligned towards the achievement of the City’s vision.
Projects should not be business usual but intentional, “Ideally, the budget allocation for a certain initiative should be utilized; projects should not appear year after year.
There should be a clear timeline for end-result. Also, the development of the projects should be well thought of and planned, along with its day-to-day management”, stressed Paredes.
City Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Estella Margate explained the process of local government unit planning and its relationship to the over-all context of the planning and budgeting.
Margate also explained the process of the one day activity. The budget allocation for year 2017 was also detailed by Acting City Budget Officer Marysol Perocho and likewise encouraged the body to ensure that all plans reflected in the 2019 AIP will materialize.
City Administrator Leonides Borja thanked the participation of the attendees and acknowledged the assistance of USAID-SURGE through its coordinator, Rosalinda Paredes.
Flagship projects were given budget allocation for 2019 such as the operational expenses for the PAGLAUM center, the Phase 2 of the Tagbilaran Friendship Park, Tagbilaran City College, road and drainage projects, repair and building of new classrooms for the public schools, procurement of necessary equipment, improvement of the City Waterworks, and building of the City Health Center II, among others.