The provincial board here is set to approve the proposed P2.8-billion annual budget of Pangasinan for the year 2015 during its next regular session on December 1.
This was bared by Sixth District Board Member Alfonso Bince Jr. when the board ended its budget hearing on Monday.
He said the proposed P2.8-billion budget for 2015 is bigger than this year's P2.46 billion.
According to a draft appropriation ordinance set to be approved December 1, the health sector will have the biggest share of the pie anew in the 2015 proposed budget, like in this year's budget.
The operations of hospitals had been allocated P585,579,416, which is higher by about P40 million over the current year's allocation of P544,306,705.
Bince said of the amount, P15 million has been allotted for hospital equipment such as CT-scan, x-ray machines, among others.
At the same time, assistant provincial health officer, Dr. Jeremy Rosario, disclosed that the province is due to receive over P100 million worth of projects from the Department of Health in 2015 under the Hospital Facility Enhancement Program.
The budget of the Office of the Provincial Health Office has also increased from P23,342,543 to P24,309,037.
Next to health, infrastructures will be given a big portion of the provincial budget of Pangasinan.
"This is in order to complete asphalting and cementing of all provincial roads and bridges, hopefully before elections," he remarked.
The increase of budget is attributed to the increase of the province’s Internal Revenue Allotment share from the national treasury and the increase of the non-tax revenue.
The annual budget's sources are the following: local source, P87,250,000 (tax revenue); P221,080,000 (non-tax revenue); and external sources, P2,461,723,775.
Bince said the 2015 budget will facilitate the implementation of the present provincial administration’s priority program and projects included in the 2015 Annual Investment Plan. (PNA)Add a comment