The Aklan Provincial Council saved P4.2 Million in 2012.
This has made the Board Members of Aklan delighted specially its Presiding Officer, Vice Governor Gabrielle Calizo Quimpo.
The savings came about despite the allegation from Aklan Board Member, Rodson Mayor to Vice Governor Quimpo that the Vice Governor’s office spends a lot of money.
Allegedly this type of spending was the reason Mayor did not approve the increase of the allocation of the Provincial Council for 2013.
It was learned from the Provincial Secretary, Odon Bandiola that the vacant positions at the Provincial Council was the reason the Council saved money.
This is because until now the positions at the Provincial Office are still vacant despite having been funded.
Based on the record of Provincial Budget Officer Mary Grace Macahilas released on December 31, 2012, more than P2.3 Million from the P25.5 Million allotted for Personal Services or salary of employees was not used.
Meanwhile, P1.9 Million was the excess in the allocation for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses/MOOE from the P8 Million budget for 2012.
Nevertheless, the savings of the Provincial Council was added by the Provincial Government to the Productivity Enhancement Incentives of officials and employees of the province.
The budget allocation for the Provincial Council for 2011 was P35 Million, while for 2012, and 2013, it is at P33 Million.