By Mortz C. Ortigoza
MANGALDAN – This burgeoning municipality and her neighbouring towns Calasiao and Sta. Barbara would become a member of the P200 million - club among first class municipalities in Pangasinan that allocated two hundred million pesos annual budget in their coffer next year.
Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno said that based on the proposed budget submitted by her office to the Sanggunian Bayan (town council) for approval, the budget she appropriated is P225 million.
In this year’s total development fund of this town of P35,995,000 or 24.56% of the P146,586,989.00 Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) from the national government , Mayor Parayno allocated P8,245,000 for Poverty Reduction Program, P1,500,000.00 for the medical equipment of the Urgent Care Clinic, P250,000.00 for the Stimulation & Therapeutic Activity Center, P1,500,000.00 for the Municipal Housing Program, P2,000,000.00 Establishment of Center for Special Concerns, P1,000,000.00 Mangaldan Youth Development Center Improvement, P4,000,000.00 Evacuation Center/MDRRM Office Improvement, P1,000,000.00 products display of Mangaldan Pasalubong Center, P11,500,00.00 for Public Market Improvement where P10,500,000 goes to Loan Amortization to Land Bank of the Philippines and P1,000,000.00 for Phase II Market Improvements, P1,000,000.00 Solid Waste Management, P100,000,00 Urban Greening/ Tourism Promotion, P500,000.00 Flood Control Projects, and P,1000,000.00 E-governance System for the General Public Services Sector.
The P200.540 million calendar year 2016 annual appropriations for Calasiao is being deliberated at the provincial council after it was passed by the town council and the proverbial dotted line was signed almost a month ago by Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay.
The P200.540 million budgets have been allocated to the following: P73.5 million for personal services; P70.2 million for maintenance and other operating expenditures; P4 million for the capital outlay, P9 million for financial expenses and P43.6 million for other special purpose appropriations.
Calasiao is host to mammoth corporations like Robinsons Mall, Honda and Toyota Car Centers, Pure Gold, and the new Philippine Gaming Corporation sanctioned Electronic Casino and a call center at a huge state of the art edifice located at Barangay Bued.
He said his thriving municipality became first class in 2001 when he was the mayor. He cited that the internal revenue allotment from the national government was more or less P120 million for this year while local revenue was at P80 million for 2015.
San Barbara has two gooses that lay the golden egg in Ginebra San Miguel at Brgy. Tebag West and RC Cola in Brgy. Marunong that pay a yearly business taxes of P21 million and roughly P8 million, respectively.
“We would be loan free in 2020 after we borrowed a P60 million loan from the Land Bank (of the Philippines) in 2012”.
He enumerated the projects the loan bankrolled like the P32 million swanky and imposing three-storey town hall that lords near the national highway, P9 million SB building and its P15 million lot, P4.5 million construction vehicle backhoe, and others.