The provincial government has submitted a P1.8-billion proposed budget for 2012 to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) as it expressed hope of turning Nueva Ecija, the country’s titular rice granary, into an “agro-industrialized province.”
In his budget message to Vice Governor Jose Gay Padiernos and the members of the SP, Governor Aurelio Umali submitted a 2012 budget of P1,857,319,103 and said the executive budget was crafted taking into consideration “our primary thrust of transforming Nueva Ecija into a sustainable and progressive agro-industrialized province.”
With the budget, the governor said he expects the provincial government to uplift the economic and social conditions of Novo Ecijanos anchored on an eight-point objective, among which are improvement of agricultural productivity, provision of jobs and livelihood; provision of quality education, social welfare, nutrition and related social services; rehabilitation of typhoon-affected areas, infrastructure development, enhancement of revenue-generating measures and promotion of public-private partnerships in development.
The proposed appropriations, which are four percent bigger than last year’s budget, had proposed P691.9 million for personnel services representing 37 percent of the budget, P368.2 million (19.8 percent) for maintenance and other operating expenditures, P279.8 million (15 percent) for capital outlay.
The budget has earmarked P265.8 million for the Annual Investment Plan covering economic and social services, general services, health, housing and community development.
The provincial government is expecting to raise for the budget year local internal and external revenues, including P1.35 billion as internal revenue allotment (IRA) shares and sources from the share of national wealth, grants and donations, sale of assets and share from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.