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Negros Occidental OKs P4B budget for 2019

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The Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan has approved the 2019 Annual Budget amounting to P4,001,918,030.

The amount is 14 percent higher than P3.5 billion budget in 2018.

In The Daily Guardian report, Provincial Board Member Salvador Escalante said the budget underwent extensive deliberations prior to its approval on Wednesday.

This allowed the various departments to defend and justify their respective proposed budgets.

Escalante said department heads also were advised to maximize their resources for intended programs and projects.

Personnel services or salaries and benefits of workers make up the bulk of the budget, with P2.073 billion. The Special Purpose Appropriation and Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses comprise about P1.172 billion and P756 million of the total fund.