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PIA Press Release
Monday, January 16, 2012


Health services gets biggest slice of Abra’s budget

by Maritess B. Beñas

BANGUED, Abra, Jan. 16 (PIA)-- The provincial government starts the year, with an approved budget of P586,261,979.37 with the biggest slice of the pie given to the Provincial Health Office(PHO).

Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Allen Brix L. Bachiller said the PHO was allocated a total budget of P144,704,492.67. The health department is operating the Abra Provincial Hospital and four district hospitals in the municipalities of Villaviciosa, Bucay, Dolores and La Paz.

The mandatory allocation of 20% of the total revenues for infrastructure projects has a share in the amount of P102,918,882.20.

The usual budget reserved for calamity fund is pegged at P28,111,720.55 and the amount is set aside for emergencies especially in times of disasters of whatever form it may be and in any time of the year, he said.

Civic organizations that serve as partners of the provincial government in promoting the welfare of the Abrenios likewise get a fair share in the provincial revenues in the form of funding assistance for their mobilization activities.

The salaries and wages of the provincial employees and officials and the operations of the provincial offices also get a huge budget.

Governor Eustaquio Bersamin,in his latest radio program over the local radio here, told the 303 barangay captains in the province that they may now claim their aid in the amount of P2,000.00 per annum as the PGA had allocated the said amount for all the barangays.

Meanwhile, the Governor went on air to apologize to the farmers whom he had promised last year for an increase budget for scholarship program, following the disapproval of his budget proposal for a scholarship fund for the children of farmers in the province.

Bersamin earlier included in his budget proposal for a slice of P1.5 million out of the funds generated from the RA 7171 otherwise known as the Tobacco Excise Tax, purposively for the scholarship of the children of tobacco farmers.

However, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) rejected said portion of the Governor’s Executive Budget for the Fiscal Year 2012.

Bachiller, a member of the SP’s Committee on Appropriation, said the Provincial Board cannot go against the ruling of the DBM regarding budgetary limitations despite the good intention of the Governor. As a remedy, Bachiller said, the SP had re-appropriated the P1.5 M to the rehabilitation of five farm-to-market roads located in the municipalities of Tayum and Lagangilang. (JDP/MTBB-PIA CAR, Abra)

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