LAOAG CITY -- This year’s annual budget of the city government of Laoag was finally approved on Monday.
Vice Mayor Franklin Dante Respicio said the city’s PHP800-million budget underwent a “very rigid” examination to justify its expenditures.
“From the original proposed budget, more than PHP23 million has been allotted for savings,” Respicio said.
Since October last year, majority of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council) members blocked the passage of the budget, citing they need to scrutinize each and every detail of the Laoag budget.
Based on the amended budget, the PHP10 million proposed for the establishment of a new sanitary landfill in Barangay Balatong was reduced to PHP2 million; while the remaining PHP8 million was added for the construction of a PHP12-million road network.
Meanwhile, the PHP500,000 budget for the Association of Barangay Council was slashed to PHP100,000. (PNA)