MEMBERS of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in Capiz have yet to act on the proposed P79 million supplemental budget as part of the province’s COVID-19 response fund.
Board Member Sonny Besa, chair of the SP committee on appropriation, said a hearing was initially set but was moved after the majority of the members moved for a different schedule.
He said, “Bangud ba sini nga waay pa ako kapatawag committee hearing, ginahostage ko na ang kwarta, ang supplemental nga ginarequest sang aton gobernador, para daw sa COVID response naton. Wala na bala pondo ang mga tagsa tagsa nga mga talatapan nga ginarequestan sang aton gobernador sang supplemental budget?”
Besa is questioning some of the items on the proposed allocation. “Kung matuod nga COVID ang gina address nila, bakit hindi pondohan ining dako ang medicine, bakit nakadto na ini sa other general services?”
Provincial Budget Officer Antonio Arbis explained that the proposed budget was part of the governor’s directive to
prepare for the COVID surge and that they needed additional personnel and medicines.”*