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QC approves P13.5B 2014 budget

The Quezon City government has approved a P13.476 billion budget for 2014 which is P1.476 billion more than the city’s P12 billion operating budget in 2013.

The lion’s share of the 2014 budget will be allotted for social services (P4.816 billion) followed closely by general services (P4.387 billion) and economic services (P3.158 billion). In 2013, general services got the biggest slice of the city’s budget.

The city’s legislative branch will have a budget allocation of P1.145 billion this year.

QC Mayor Herbert Bautista said the city’s expenditure program for 2014 witll be used for programs and projects that will care for the poor, marginalized sectors, environment and ecology.

“As our fair city prepares to commemorate its diamond jubilee year in 2014, we shall be unrelenting in our efforts in providing the needed mechanisms to sustain QC’s unbridled march towards the future, where we shall assure ourselves and our posterity with a more stable and progressive community that we can truly be proud of,” Bautista said.

For 2014, Bautista also wants the city budget to finance increased public infrastructure development; implementation of mid-term socio-economic development plans geared at eradicating poverty; rationalization and improvement of frontline business and tax services and provision of quality and up-to-date education and health care and decent human settlements.

Bautista also vowed to make the city safe and friendly.

The city likewise aims to prioritize the application of “home grown” information technology and systems that shall increase productivity and efficiency of city government executives and employees, and improvement in the reliability and quality of city government services.