Lapu mayor hopes new council will pass 2022 annual budget

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LAPU-LAPU Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan expressed hope Wednesday, May 18, that the 2022 annual budget for the city will be approved by the incoming City Council, which will assume office in June.

The City currently uses the reenacted 2021 annual budget amounting to P2.7 billion as the proposed P3 billion fund for this year has not yet been approved by the council, whose majority of members are under the opposition bloc.

“I think we can approve the budget once we have the new council,” said Chan Wednesday, more than a week after the recently concluded national and local elections, in which his entire slate won against Team Deretso led by incumbent Lapu-Lapu City Lone District Representative Paz Radaza.

“The budget is still on the table. So it depends on the new council if they will push to approve and naay mga paningahanglanon nato nga wa nato masud sa atong budget, we can do supplemental,” he added.

Asked for comment, Vice Mayor Celsi Sitoy said the new council will first approve the Annual Investment Plan (AIP), and the 2022 budget will be taken up thereafter.

Chan, meanwhile, said that he already reminded all the department heads that it is high time for them to help each other for the good of the city.

“Akong gipahimangno nila nga humana ang election. It is high time nga magtinabangay ta. Maghiusa ta sa new mandate nga gihatag, nga pwede ang katong mga challenges nga atoang giatubang, ato tong mahatagan og solution ug kasulbaran ang maong mga problema,” said Chan in a press conference Wednesday.

The mayor hopes to solve the long-standing problems on drainage, flooding and traffic in the city, as well as repair those structures damaged during the onslaught of Typhoon Odette, such as multipurpose gyms and schools.

“Tagaan nato nga makabangon pgbalik ang mga Oponganon to give them livelihood,” he said. (MKG)

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