Pang-boost sa turismo: Erap hikes Ermita brgy budget to P15-M

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Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has increased to more than 15-Million the budget of a barangay in the Ermita-Malate area in District 5, as he sees more programs and projects to be implemented here which will further boost the capacity of this area, known for years as the city’s tourism and entertainment district, to lure more visitors.

In a simple ceremony held on December 9 at City Hall’s Bulwagang Villegas, Estrada signed the Supplemental Budget of Barangay 699 amounting to P4, 304,806, effectively increasing its annual budget for 2016 to P15, 393,272, from its current P11, 088,466.

“We are increasing the budgets of the entire city’s barangays so they will be able to implement many important programs and projects. In this particular area, the Ermita and Malate area which has been known as the tourism and entertainment district of Manila,” Estrada said.

“I am confident that this increase in their budget will enable them to implement more projects that will entice more tourists, both foreign and local, to visit this place and the various establishments here, or even stay in hotels here for short in-city vacations,” he added.

Brgy. Chairwoman Cynthia Llorente meanwhile was elated on the increased budget given to them by Mayor Estrada.

“Napakalaking tulong po nito. Sa totoo lang po, itong pag-increase ng budget namin ay mangangahulugang marami kaming magagawang programa rito, laluna nga po dahil we join our Mayor in his efforts to bring back the glory of Manila.”

“Bilang barangay chairman sa aming lugar sa Ermita ay director din po ako ng EMBOA (Ermita-Malate Business Owners Association) kaya nakikita namin ang mga priority na dapat proyekto namin laluna nga ay kilala ang lugar namin na pasyalan ng mga turista.”