Cebu City traffic office seeks P549 million budget for 2023

THE Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) proposed a P300 million budget increase in 2023 for the purchase of heavy equipment and additional funding for its digital traffic system.

In 2022, the CCTO only had an annual budget of P245 million but for next year, the transportation office will double its budget to P549 million.

CCTO head Raquel Arce explained to SunStar Cebu on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, they sought to increase the budget since their office has allocated funds under capital outlay that will be used in acquiring additional motor vehicles and heavy-duty tow trucks.

However, it can be noticed in the CCTO's budget that the funds allocated for the salaries of casual employees for 2023 have been reduced to P70.9 million compared to the P118 million budget in 2022.

Arce recently announced that a total of 154 casual employees, who are mostly traffic enforcers, will lose their employment since the budget allocation for personal services has already breached the ceiling set by the Department of Budget and Management.

According to Arce, the budget for 2023 is bigger because, in 2021 and 2022, there was no budget allocation for capital outlay. (IRT)