Iloilo City okays P7.4-M supplemental budget

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ILOILO CITY: The Sangguniang Panlungsod approved a P7.415 million supplemental budget that includes funding for the purchase of three vans under the peace and order program.

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City councilor Eduardo Peñaredondo, appropriations committee chairman, said the three L-300 vans worth P2.7 million will be placed under the mayor’s office for use of visitors and emergency needs since the city government is hosting an Asia Pacific Economic Council (APEC) Ministerial Meeting next year.

General Services Office chief Joren Sartorio said a public bidding will be held for the purchase of the vans. He added that supplier Avescor Corp. has offered free use of two vans to help the city government cope with hundreds of visitors, including foreign dignitaries, top corporate and national government officials during the APEC.

Also included in the supplemental budget are payment of terminal leave benefits of employees, salary, PERA and premiums, capital outlay for projects of disability affairs office, Breaking Barriers for Young Adults with Disabilities, peace and order program, documentary stamps, repair and maintenance of office equipment, fund for the city assessor’s office, city treasurer’s office, BAC office and local disaster risk reduction management office.

Meanwhile, the city council turned down the request for the Local Economic Enterprise (LEEO) budget for the payment of electricity consumption at the Iloilo terminal market amounting to P15.34 million.

The payment to Panay Electric Company (PECO) for electricity consumption from December 2012 to June 2013 was put on hold pending a copy of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) order to obligate payable accounts within the year.

City councilor Plaridel Nava and Joshua Alim claimed the payable accounts to PECO can be paid from funds sourced from other programs but the payment can not go beyond the DBM order.

Nava said he doesn’t want city mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog facing a case at the Ombudsman because of infraction of the DBM order.

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