QC councilors propose P241 M in infra projects (2/2)

First published in The Philippine Star, 16 September 2013

Quezon City councilors have proposed to the local government various infrastructure projects amounting to more than P241 million.

City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) chief Tomasito Cruz said the “buildings” and “public infrastructure” items in the Property, Plant and Equipment (PPE) budget of his office comprise the budget for the District Development Program (DDP).

Based on the general provision of the 2013 Quezon City General Fund, the CPDO – which is under the executive branch – has a budget allotment for DDP, which will fund proposals from constituents coursed through their respective legislators.

The provision added that upon the written endorsement of the local legislator, the CPDO shall “process, sign and execute the necessary papers, contracts and documents needed to implement the corresponding infrastructure project.” Read more of this post

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QC to realign councilors’ funds (1/2)

First published in The Philippine Star, 15 September 2013

Local legislators in Quezon City have around P7 to P40 million each – or a total of P679 million – to fund soft projects such as livelihood programs and medical missions in their respective districts this year.

But according to Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, the local government is planning to follow the lead of the House of Representatives and transfer the funds to the line departments under the executive department.

“We want to follow the example of Congress,” Belmonte said in an interview with The STAR.

“The stand of (Mayor Herbert Bautista) is to transfer the funds for soft projects to the line departments. But they (councilors) will still have the prerogative to identify the projects,” she added. Read more of this post