Public hearings for P50-B annual budget to start December 5

THE Cebu City Council will begin on Monday, December 5, 2022, the series of public hearings for the proposed P50-billion annual budget for 2023.

This, despite that the public hearing for the proposed tax code revision has not yet concluded and this is one of the City Government's eyed sources of revenue to achieve next year's budget.

Councilor Noel Wenceslao, chairman of the committee on budget and finance, said Thursday, December 1, that a marathon public hearing will be held beginning Monday and will go on for multiple days until all agenda will be covered.

The first to appear and defend their budget before the City Council will be the big departments in City Hall that have requested for huge funds for 2023, he added.

These are the Department of Engineering and Public Works, Department of Public Services, Department of General Services, Cebu City Transportation Office, and Division for the Welfare of Urban Poor.

Wenceslao said these are big departments but the councilor did not mention how much their requested budget for next year is.

During the council's regular session on Thursday, Councilor Rey Gealon raised the possibility of putting the heads or representatives of different City Hall offices under oath while they present and defend their proposed budget.

Gealon said this will make sure that department heads or representatives will provide accurate information regarding their budgets.

But according to Wenceslao, this is not necessary since it is only a public hearing and not a court proceeding or investigation. (IRT)