by ODON S. BANDIOLA
The Aklan Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved the regular 2013 annual general fund and economic enterprise development budgets of the towns of New Washington, Banga and Ibajay during its 20th Regular Session on June 19, 2013.
The supplemental budgets for 2013 of the towns of Balete and Kalibo were also approved. As recommended by the Provincial Local Finance Committee (PLFC), SP declared operative in its entirety the 2013 annual general fund budget of New Washington which appropriates more than P74 million and the 2013 municipal economic enterprise development office budget which appropriates P14.79 million.
Declared operative, in part, is the 2013 annual budget of Banga appropriating P73.568 million. The SP however disallowed appropriations for loan amortization amounting to more than P9 million as the provincial legislative body has previously disapproved an ordinance of Banga authorizing the chief executive to contract a loan with banking institutions for failure of the local government unit to secure a seal of good housekeeping from the Department of Interior and Local Government.
In the same regular session, the SP approved but declared inoperative in part the annual general fund and MEEDO budgets of the town of Ibajay.
Ibajay’s regular 2013 budget appropriates P78.113 million while its MEEDO budget is P8.82 million. Appropriation of about P2 million from the 20 percent Development Fund for contribution to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) was disallowed.
The PLFC favorably recommended to the SP the approval of Supplemental Budget No. 1 of Balete with total appropriation of P5.2 million; Supplemental Budget No. 1 of Kalibo with total appropriation of P0.779 million. The above stated budgets are approved.
The approval of Supplemental Budget No. 2 of Banga was deferred while awaiting for the PLFC recommendation.
Referred to the SP Committee on Appropriation for review are the annual budget of Libacao which appropriates P71.978 million; Malay MEEDO budget of P20 million and Supplemental Budget No. 1 of Madalag likewise appropriate P1.714 million.
The SP during the previous sessions approved the annual general fund and MEEDO budgets of Kalibo, Malay, Madalag, Malinao, Balete, Buruanga and Tangalan. /MP