RDC-IX okays P53-B budget for 2013 in Zambo peninsula

March 15, 2012 9:21 am 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, March 14 – The executive committee of the Regional Development Council (RDC)-IX, or the Zamboanga Peninsula Region, has approved a budget amounting to P 53.781 billion for calendar year 2013.

Peninsula RDC Chairman Dipolog Mayor Evelyn T. Uy said the 2013 budget would fund regular programs and new projects in support of the agri-industrial sector, social services sector and infrastructure development sector.

The budget will be prorated to the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur , Zamboanga Sibugay and the cities of Dipolog , Dapitan, Pagadian, Zamboanga and Isabela in the province of Basilan. Except for Isabela, the province is part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, or ARMM.

She said that the budget would serve as the basis for the implementation of programs and projects of the different line agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations as well as state colleges and universities based in the region.

The agri-industrial sector will have a total budget of P3,932,760,000 broken down as follows: Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) – P411.8 million, Department of Agriculture (DA) – P2.467 billion and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – P722.5 million.

The amount also covers the budget for the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – P79.8 million, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – P77.07 million, Department of Tourism (DOT) – P10.8 million, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) – P74.9 million, Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) – P56.7 million and Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau (MGB) – P31.1 million.

An allotment of P30.5 billion has been set aside for the social services sector, consisting of six state universities and colleges, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Education (DepED), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Dipolog School of Fisheries (DSF).

Uy said the infrastructure development sector had an appropriation of P19.164 billion to be shared by the following agencies, namely, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – P15.357 billion, National Irrigation Administration (NIA) –P1.225 billion, Philippine Ports Authority (PPA)-Zamboanga City – P729.622 million, PPA-Dapitan City – P718,721 million and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippine (CAAP) – P1.132 billion.

An amount of P167.234 million is also set aside for the Development Administration Committee (DAC) which includes the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

She said that the regional 2013 budget would support the key result areas of the President’s Social Contract to the Filipino people which include transparency, accountability and open governance, poverty reduction and empowerment of the vulnerable sector, rapid inclusive and sustained economic growth, lasting peace and the rule of law, and environmental protection and climate change adaptation and mitigation. (PNA) RMA/Felino M Santos/utb

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