ILOILO CITY—The Iloilo provincial government is eyeing a P3.24-billion budget for fiscal year 2021.
Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. submitted to the Iloilo Provincial Board his administration’s proposed budget that is largely expected to fund programs that can address concerns caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Anchored on Defensor’s program “Rehabilitation and Transformation of the Province of Iloilo to Catalyze Recovery (RT-PCR), the proposed budget was six percent higher than the more than P3-bilion budget for the current fiscal year.
The proposed budget has three major socio-economic features that will cover services on reviving the local economy, boosting health care services and psychosocial well-being of Ilonggos in the 42 towns and Passi City.
At least P 2 billion will be allotted to current operating expenditures, while P1.227 billion for the special purpose lump sum appropriations.
The Iloilo Provincial Hospital and 11 other district hospitals under the management of the provincial government was proposed to get a P1.15 billion budget. This was as provincial government started beefing up health programs with focus on boosting capacity of COVID-19 teams, while prioritizing the upgrading both of infrastructure and hiring of additional personnel.
There was also the development fund that will be used to finance such as road constructions, road repairs, irrigation projects, harvest facilities for farmers, solid waste management facilities, water facilities, and environmental rehabilitation.
It was broken down into four major sectors, such as the economic sector with a share of P499 million (15 percent), social sector with P500 million (16 percent), general public sector with P1 billion (31 percent), and special purpose appropriations with P1.230 billion (38 percent).