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OkSi SP to tackle 2022 budget on January 17

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The Occidental Mindoro Sangguniang Panlalawigan will convene on Monday, January 17, to tackle the 2022 budget of the provincial government.

This came after the scheduled hearing last Monday on the Proposed 2022 Budget of the Provincial Government of Occidental Mindoro has been reset due to the non-attendance of concerned department heads of the Executive Department who have to defend their proposed budgets for their respective departments.

“Vice-Governor Peter J. Alfaro, in resetting the hearing, suggested to exhaust all remedies and give all the department heads a chance to attend the hearing by sending them invitations two to three times before the august body shall decide on the proposed 2022 budget,” the SP said.

“Bokal Ernesto Jaravata was amenable with VG Alfaro’s suggestion to give the department heads a maximum opportunity in order for them to explain what has been submitted,” it added.

Meanwhile, Bokal Nestor Tria (online via Zoom) was also amenable with the suggestion and suggested sending the department heads a formal letter requiring their attendance.

After a thorough discussion and exchange of opinions VG Alfaro, asked the plenary for a motion, and Bokal AJ Rebong (online via Zoom) moved to suspend the hearing today and reset it to Monday, January 17, 2022.

There being no objection to the motion, the hearing of the Committee of the Whole is suspended until Monday at 9:00 AM.

During the deliberation, 12 SP members were present. Eight were physically present: VG Peter J. Alfaro, Bokal Sonia Pablo, Bokal Ernesto Jaravata, Bokal Emmanuel Abeleda Jr., Bokal Bing Barrera-Fajardo, Bokal Abe Pangilinan, Bokal George Oreiro and Bokal Juanito Lumawig. Four were online: Bokal Dian Apigo-Tayag, Bokal Philip Ramirez, Bokal AJ Rebong and Bokal Nestor Tria.