2022 Negros proposed budget up by P1.3B

PHOTO CAPTION: Negros Occidental governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (right) has presented to the Sanggunian Panlalawigan the provincial government’s proposed budget for 2022 which, he said, will better address critical issues and concerns./iNews

BACOLOD CITY–The proposed 2022 budget of the provincial government of Negros Occidental is P1.3 billion more than its 2021 budget of P4.4 billion.

A big chunk of the proposed P5,719,337,346 budget for 2022 will go to Special Purpose Appropriations (SPA) pegged at P2,142,140,592 or 37.45 percent.

The SPA includes appropriations for gender advocacy, disaster, peace and order, and other special concerns and sectors.

This is contained in the budget message of Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson addressed to the members of the Sanggunian Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental led by Vice-Governor Jeffrey Ferrer.

For Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE), a total of P1,812,481,024 or 31.69 percent is allotted, for personal services, P1,752,715,730 or 30.65 percent, and for capital outlay, P12,000,000 or .21 percent.

Under personal services, a total of P1,143,071,636 or 65.22 percent is allotted for the social services sector, P344,765,598 or 19. 67 percent for the general public services sector, and P264, 878,496 or 15. 11 percent for the economic services sector.

A total of P183, 846,174.37 was appropriated for the operation of the Economic Enterprise Development Department.

Lacson said the annual expenditure program is “designed to better address the climacteric issues and concerns of our province”.

“Notwithstanding that there is a dramatic increase in our National Tax Allotment (formerly Internal Revenue Allotment) caused by the Supreme Court ruling on the Mandanas-Garcia Case , it is still an uphill climb considering that this does not come without added responsibilities,” the governor pointed out.

The SC affirmed that local government units are entitled to a “just share” from all national taxes collected and not just from the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

“As a result of the additional sum in our NTA, the provincial government is required to provide programs, projects, and activities to be devolved from the national government,” he added.

He said that 94.25 percent of the total estimated budget will be derived from the NTA while 5. 75 percent will come from local revenues. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNews-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)

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