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East Samar to implement 2018 budget, 6 months after approval

Provincial Capitol Building. (Alren Beronio / Este News)

BORONGAN CITY, May 26, 2018–“The 2018 provincial budget, approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan will be implemented”.

This was the message of Acting Governor Marcelo Ferdinand Picardal to the hundreds of government officials and employees of the provincial government, during a dialogue held at the capitol earlier this week.

Picardal said that despite approving the P1.2B proposed budget during the January 4, 2018 session of the SP, majority of the board members did not sign the appropriation ordinance.

He said that after waiting for almost five months for the budget to be signed, he decided to use it so that operation of the provincial goverment will not be hindered. Since January, the provincial government has been operating on a reenacted budget.

He announced the continued implementation of the priority programs especially health services which focuses on providing free medicines for patients in government run hospitals, agriculture and livelihood which aims to lessen poverty incidence, and tourism development, which will prop up the economy by creating jobs for Eastern Samareños.

The governor announced that the provincial government has P125M in savings from last year. Part of the savings will be used for the full implementation of the magna carta for health workers which is long overdue.

He also gave the assurance that he will do his best to give the provincial government employees the benefits they are entitled.

The provincial government is also set to implement the salary increase of employees.

Meanwhile, the governor approved the request for a P1,000 increase in the clothing allowance and P800 per diem for official travel within the region.

Picardal said he will take full responsibility for his decision to implement the budget. (Eden Cidro/ Este News)

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