The Baguio City Council has approved the annual budget for the fiscal year 2024, amounting to a total of P2,745,274,171.00. This figure represents a 14% increase compared to the P2,424 Billion
Fiscal Year 2023 appropriations. The budget was submitted by the City Mayor’s Office on September 15, 2023 and was thoroughly discussed in budget deliberations with the Mayor Benjamin Magalong, the department heads, and the members of the city council.

The breakdown of the budget reveals a diverse set of revenue sources, with internal sources contributing P1,196,787,000,00 (44%) and external sources accounting for P1,488,487,171.00 (54%). The remaining 2% comes from the beginning balance of P60,000,000.00. The Internal Sources consist of the Tax Revenue – P760,810,000.00 (28%) and NonTax Revenue P435,977,000.00 (16%)

Meanwhile, the External Sources are the city’s shares from the National Tax Allotment – P1,234,987,171.00 (45%), Economic Zones – P250,000,000.00 (9%), and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office – P3,500,000.00 (0%) The approved budget is aligned with the principles of Republic Act No. 7160, requiring that local government funds shall be spent solely for public purposes. It covers various expenditures for the operation of the city government, with a focus on
growth and development.

Incorporated as part of the ordinance are the budget documents which include details on sources of funds, uses of funds, programmed appropriation and obligation by object of expenditure for fiscal
year 2024, personnel schedule, mandate, vision/mission, major final output, performance
indicators, and targets. Furthermore, under the ordinance, the city mayor and the vice mayor being the presiding officer of the city council are authorized to “augment” any item in the approved annual budget for their respective offices from “savings” in other items within the same expense class of their respective appropriations.

In this context, “savings” refer to the money that is set aside for a particular project, program, or activity but is not used while “augmentation” means the act of adding more money to a budget for a specific item, project, activity, or purpose.

Jordan G. Habbiling/ABN

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