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PDC asks Mayor to convene CDC

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The People’s Development Council, a civil society organization where 11 of its members sit in the City Development Council, has asked Mayor Felipe Remollo to reconvene the CDC to discuss the recommendations of the Dumaguete City Council regarding the Annual Investment Plan.

In a letter dated Jan.  15, PDC President Nancy Ugsad-Estolloso said the recommendations of the City Council to acquire a lot for employee housing worth P20 million, to allocate P15 million for the socialized housing project, and to allocate P15 million for the purchase of heavy equipment for the City Engineer’s Office are favorable to the PDC members.

The PDC also said that based on the guidelines from the Department of Interior & Local Government, the National Economic & Development Authority, the Department of Budget & Management,  and the Department of Finance, they have concluded that the civil society organizations  were “not afforded enough space” to contribute meaningfully to the development of the AIP.

Estolloso said that moving forward in the preparation of the 2025 budget, the City should conduct consultations prior to the formulation of the AIP which should be approved by the Council not later than June 7 this year.

The City’s AIP, which is a precursor to its annual budget, hangs in the balance after the City Council returned the proposal to the City Development Council for them to consider the three recommendations made by the legislators. (AP)

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Photo caption: Members of the People’s Development Council headed by Nancy Ugsad-Estolloso, and the Dumaguete City Council led by Vice Mayor Maisa Sagarbarria meet on Jan. 18 for a dialogue regarding the Annual Investment Plan. (Contributed photos)

 

 

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