The proposed budgets for 2016 of regional line agencies and state universities and colleges (SUCs) in Western Visayas were presented for review to the Congressional Representatives of Region VI, the Regional Development Committee (RDC) VI Advisory Committee last May 19 at the Batasang Pambansa, Constitution Hills, Quezon City. The meeting also tackled the priority thrusts and priorities of the DOH and the improvements being initiated by DBM in the budgeting process.
Undersecretary Luz M. Cantor of the DBM, one of the resource speakers, discussed the approved 2015 budget for Western Visayas as indicated under the General Appropriations Act. In her presentation, she emphasized the important role of the RDC in budgeting to achieve transparency and good governance as well as achieve the goals enunciated under the Regional Development Plan. Meanwhile, Regional Director Ro-Ann A. Bacal of the NEDA Regional Office (NRO) VI discussed the 2016 budget review process conducted by the RDC VI Executive Committee on March 26 and 27. According to RD Bacal, total proposed budget is at PhP119.3 billion, with PhP112.8 billion allotted for 23 regional agencies and PhP6.5 billion for 11 SUCs.
Undersecretary Luz M. Cantor of the DBM, one of the resource speakers, discussed the approved 2015 budget for Western Visayas as indicated under the General Appropriations Act. In her presentation, she emphasized the important role of the RDC in budgeting to achieve transparency and good governance as well as achieve the goals enunciated under the Regional Development Plan.
For 2015, of the PhP2.606 trillion approved budget, PhP86.3 billion is allocated for Western Visayas. The key public investments in the region include: (a) strategic infrastructure projects; (b) agriculture support; (c) Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps; and (d) education and health needs. For 2016, all proposed programs, projects and activities (PPAs) should anchor on the 2016 Budget Priorities Framework which calls for, among others, two-tier budgeting and performance-based budgeting. The DBM is also looking at the absorptive capacities and actual performances of agencies and SUCs in implementing PPAs as basis for budget approval.
Meanwhile, Architect Ariel D. Magbanua of the DOH discussed the main thrusts and priorities of DOH especially the 2015-2016 “Kalusugan Pangkalahatan” Road Map which includes various PPAs for financial risk protection, attainment of Health-Related MDGs and access to quality health services. On the other hand, Regional Director Marlyn W. Convocar of the DOH VI presented the programs and projects of the department focusing on the 2015 Health Enhancement Program for Western Visayas.
The Advisory Committee Meeting was presided over by the RDC VI Chairperson, Governor Alfredo E. Marañon, Jr. of Negros Occidental and attended by 11 (out of 18) members of the House of Representatives from Region VI, the RDC VI Executive Committee members, Party list Representatives Sharon S. Garin (AAMBIS-OWA), Pablo R. Nava (APPEND), and Joseph Stephen S. Paduano (ABANG Lingkod).