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The budget for 2023 approved by Baguio is P2.4 billion.

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In 2023, the municipal government will have a budget of PHP2.42 billion.

The budget for the following year was approved by the city council in its meeting on December 19 and signed by the mayor on December 21, according to a news release from information officer Jordan Habbiling on Friday.

According to information from the local administration, the General Services Office received the majority of the budget, or PHP402.54 million.

This office is in charge of the city’s garbage collection, which is sent to a sanitary-engineered landfill at Capas, Tarlac.

The Health Services Office comes in second with PHP283,65,000,000, followed by the Development Fund with PHP238.39,000,000, the City Engineering Office with PHP170.23,000,000, the Social Welfare and Development Office with PHP123.19,000,000, and the Disaster Fund with PHP115.69,000,000.

A budget of PHP101.67 million has been allocated to the Parks Management Office. It is responsible for the repair, management, and attractiveness of the parks, including the Botanical Garden, which recently received approval to charge higher entrance fees to help maintain all of the city’s parks.

PHP60 million was also allocated for the right-of-way recovery project, reclaiming public spaces that are required for the benefit of the public, as traffic congestion is still a concern in the city. The purpose of enlarging the highways also entails restoring walkways and roadside vegetation.

Several national government departments, including the Baguio City Police Office, are additionally supported by the local government in addition to the ordinary city offices that share in the annual budget.

For operations, research, and innovation related to smart cities, PHP65 million was also set aside.

The 2023 budget is PHP114 million, or 4.93 percent, more than the PHP2.309 billion allocated for 2022.

The National Tax Allotment (NTA) for the city government is set at PHP1,166,994,609.

The expected tax revenue for the city for the year is PHP552,100,000. The estimated non-tax revenue is PHP391,687,000. The city additionally receives a PHP200 million share from the Philippine Economic Zones and a PHP3 million share from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

Habbiling said that despite the reduction of PHP197 million or 14% in the city’s NTA share, the council also took into account the PHP110 million savings that they have set aside for use in 2023.

The implementation of the devolution transition fund, which will affect the city’s health services office, social welfare and development office, veterinary and agricultural office, and public employment and services office of the city mayor’s office, was also taken into consideration by the council, according to Habbiling. This fund has a PHP127 million budget.

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