P4M for calamity fund okayed

December 23, 2010 2:02 pm 

CEBU CITY, Dec. 23 – The Cebu City Council passed another supplemental budget (SB) to correct the non-appropriation of calamity funds in previous SBs and allocated close to P4 million in SB 6 for that purpose.

Cebu City Councilor Jose Daluz lll, chairman of the committee on budget and finance, penned the ordinance, incorporating SBs 4 and 5 under the general fund proper to allocate the required calamity fund appropriation.

This is appropriated in the SB 6, prepared by Mayor Michael Rama.

The Local Government Code requires that five percent of the total estimated revenues if appropriated for calamities.

Daluz explained that the city government allocates the five-percent calamity fund based on the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) item in every SB, but the executive department failed to do so in preparing SBs 4 and 5.

Daluz also explained this was due to the delayed reporting of the IRA share from the National Government.

It was the Department of Budget and Management that recommended including the appropriation for calamity fund based on the IRA.

To accomplish this, Daluz realigned some items under the fourth and fifth additional budgets.

The approved ordinance realigned some P1-million appropriation from the lump sum appropriation for supplies and materials for motor vehicles under SB 4.

Under SB 5, the council realigned P2.9 million under the item for aid to barangays, specifically for the purchase of toilet bowls.

A total of P3.995 million was appropriated as lump sum allocation for capital outlay, specifically for calamity fund.

”All other appropriations under SB 4 and 5, general fund for calendar year 2010 will not be affected in the realignment, shall remain as previously approved and shall be made integral parts of this ordinance,” the ordinance rad. (PNA)

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