Capitol pushes for P20.15B budget for 2023

CEBU Governor Gwendolyn Garcia is proposing a P20.15-billion budget for next year.

In a November 2, 2022 report posted on the Facebook page of Sugbo News, the Capitol’s official news portal, the proposed P20.15 billion budget for 2023 is 10.11 percent higher compared to the Province’s 2022 annual budget worth P18.3 billion.

The lion’s share of the budget is allocated for economic services at P9.26 billion, taking up 45.98 percent share, followed by social services at P8.75 billion (43.43 percent) and general public services at P2.13 billion (10.59 percent).

Of the proposed P20.15-billion budget, P10 billion will be allocated for development projects, which is P1.5 billion higher than this year’s allocation.

As part of her agenda to invest more in infrastructure projects and improve the delivery of health services, Garcia allocated P3 billion for the concreting and improvement of road networks; another P3 billion for water system development, particularly bulk water supply; P3 billion for upgrading of hospital infrastructure and health facilities, acquisition of medical equipment and Covid-19 response; and P3.4 billion for operation of hospitals and public health services.

Garcia also allocated funds for the Province’s countryside development and food sufficiency programs such as the Sugbo Negosyo program (P100 million), Sugbusog (P166 million), Sugbo Kahanas (P100 million), and for agricultural, veterinary, and environmental facilities (P123 million).

In her letter to the Provincial Board, Garcia said that in crafting the proposed budget for next year, “significant consideration was given to programs that targeted sectors most affected by Covid-19 in order to provide the necessary stimulus for economic recovery and projects that would propel the Province of Cebu to greater heights.”

The PB is set to deliberate and approve the budget during their regular session on Monday, November 7. (JKV, PR)