(Metro News) Manila City Council approves on final reading the P8.5 billion appropriation for 2010 budget

December 27, 2009 11:59 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 27 — The Manila City Council has approved on third and final reading an ordinance appropriating the amount of P8.5 billion as the city’s budget for the year 2010.

Vice Mayor and Council Presiding Officer Isko Moreno presented the budget to Mayor Alfredo S. Lim, who thanked his runningmate for the next year’s election for his usual support.

“We thank vice mayor Isko Moreno and the members of the city council for their support and for passing the budget without any hitches, thus ensuring continuity for our administration’s pro-poor programs,” Lim said, as he received a copy of the approved budget.

It was learned that the budgetary appropriation had been proposed by the finance committee of the executive department.

Moreno said the members of the city council supported the budget after noting that Lim had prioritized education and health care services as usual.

While the budget slightly rose compared to this year’s, Moreno said no taxes will be raised as increasing the burden of taxpayers is one thing that Lim abhors.

Instead of raising taxes, Moreno said the mayor prefers banking on an efficient and rigid collection of taxes to cover the budgetary outlay.

The approved budget, he said, included an appropriation the new Jose Abad Santos Mother and Child Hospital (JASMCH) and another hospital in Sta. Ana which is expected to open next month.

Once the Sta. Ana hospital opens, Lim’s goal of establishing one public hospital providing free treatment and medicines for the residents of each of the city’s six districts is finally realized.

It will be recalled that when Lim first became mayor in from 1992 to 1998, he was able to put up the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center (1st district), Ospital ng Tondo (2nd district) and the Ospital ng Sampaloc (4th district), to augment the lone existing city hospital then, the Ospital ng Maynila (5th district).

No new city hospital has been built in any part of the city since Lim left the mayorship so that when he once again won for mayor in 2007, he continued his stalled plans and established the JASMCH for the residents of third district.

The hospital in Sta. Ana, which is underway, is intended to serve the poor residents of the sixth district.(PNA)

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