KALIBO, AKLAN–Recovery and resiliency.
These are the benchmarks of Aklan’s proposed 2022 budget of P2,513,217,588, according to Gov. Florencio Miraflores, who also bared next year’s budget is 25 percent higher than the P2.004 budget for this year.
“The budget for 2022 is intended to benefit impacted communities and the people so we emerge stronger from the pandemic,” he pronounced.
The two primary allocations from the P2.5 billion are the Regular Fund with a share of P1,956,707,588 and Economic Enterprise with P556,510,000.
“The budget theme ‘Onwards…Resiliency’ defines our pursuit for the common goal of investing people’s money in programs and projects responsive to the emergent needs of our people, alleviating the effect of the pandemic in people’s lives, mitigating its impact on livelihood, meeting the demand for food and its sustainability, and initiating recovery programs to build a pandemic-resilient Aklan,” the governor stated.
In line with this, he added, substantial investments will be made on programs to assist farmers in acquiring needed agricultural and marine supplies, improving the grains processing center, and establishing a fish breeding facility as well as training centers.
The proposed budget also includes allocations for more government programs related to health services and health emergency management systems and procurement of medicines for COVID-19.
Other regular additions to next year’s budget are the continued improvement and maintenance of the existing road network; construction and concreting of provincial, municipal, barangay, and farm-to-market roads; construction of water systems, and construction of multi-purpose evacuation centers that can be used for emergencies and other similar situations.
Amid the pandemic, the provincial government is projecting revenue collections of P1,791,607,588 from the National Tax Allotment (NTA), P135.1 million from local tax sources, and P40 million from non-tax revenues.
Nearly 60 percent–or P340.596 million–of revenues for Economic Enterprises will come from the Aklan provincial hospital, P143.108 million from port operations, P51.968 million from the Ibajay District Hospital, P13.107 million from resort/hotel operations, and P7.731 million from commercial center operations.
To date, the budget deliberations by committee members with all the departments and offices of the provincial government of Aklan are ongoing. (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNews-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)