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Republic of the Philippines
Office of the Governor
Province of Iloilo
B U D GE T M E S S A G E
October 14, 2011
The Honorable Members
Province of Iloilo
Ladies and Gentlemen:
May I submit the proposed Executive Budget for fiscal year 2012 of the Iloilo Provincial Government pursuant to Section 318 of Republic Act 7160 otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991.
The Executive Budget for FY 2012 is anchored on the principle and commitment of Reform and Change, a rallying governance agenda of my administration during the period of my elective tenure as Governor of the Province of Iloilo.
Within such context, I have detailed my eight strategic themes and spelled out eight (8) strategic development themes. For FY 2012, I will continue to reiterate my administration’s eight (8) strategic themes as follows:
First, bring good governance through transparency, service competencies and good fiscal position.
In my first State of the Province Address delivered before the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Iloilo last July 20, 2011, I have uncovered several malfeasances during the past administration. Such findings were appropriately endorsed and referred to oversight agencies like the Commission of Audit (COA) and the Ombudsman for proper disposition.
This gesture is a clear indication of my seriousness in the non-tolerance of malfeasance in public office. I hope this brings a clear signal to the Iloilo Provincial Government employees and officials as to my seriousness to rid this government of graft and corruption.
As to our present initiative, I have directed the Bids and Awards Committee to be transparent in the bidding process. I have underscored a no-S.O.P. policy and zero commission as well.
Regularly reminding and clearly articulating my stand against malfeasance during public fora among Iloilo Provincial Government employees and conducting regular dialogue among department heads is my way of pre-empting would be perpetrators and accomplices alike.
I will continue to inculcate transparency and good governance in the Provincial Government not only as a political statement but a commitment.
As to service competencies, we have continuously trained our personnel in their line of work and specialization. We have sent them to trainings here and outside of the province to upgrade their competencies for improved service delivery. We will continue to do so, in 2012.
For 2011, we have judiciously spent Iloilo Provincial Government funds to programs and projects that give best benefits to our people. Programs and project such as improvement of roads, building water supply projects, regreeening the coastal and upland environment, improving agriculture and other high impact projects.
Our fiscal position in 2012 tells us that our Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) share for 2012 would be reduced by 4.8 % or an equivalent to Sixty Million Pesos (P60,000,000.00), a significant amount for funds that would go to development projects.
This not-so-sound fiscal position would therefore lead us to some “resiliency measures” such as among others, reducing our maintenance and other operating expenditures (MOOE) and doing away of not so important capital outlay expenditures with minimal effect to the delivery of basic and important services.
Despite this fiscal condition, we are determined to implement the third tranche of the salary standardization law 3 (SSL 3) and the continuous implementation of the magna carta benefits for health personnel of the Iloilo Provincial Government.
Taking the best practice of other local government units and the best option for our 11 district hospitals and 1 provincial hospital, we will implement economic enterprise for hospitals to further sustain and upgrade hospital service delivery.
In doing so, we assure our people that hospital benefits and privileges for the poor would not be compromised.
For our local revenue generation efforts, we will conduct general revision of the real property assessment values in order to improve our tax base and increase local real property tax collection efforts.
Other revenue generating efforts would include accessing funds from external sources for development programs and projects.