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Social services is top priority as QC council OKs P27.8B budget for 2020

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The Quezon City Council has approved the P27.8 billion budget for 2020, a 23-percent increase from the 2019 budget of P21.5 billion.

Social services got the biggest chunk of the budget at P12.3 billion, a 32-percent jump from P8.4 billion this year.

A budget of P10.1 billion has been earmarked for general public services, P4.2 billion for economic services and P1.2 billion for the legislative branch.

To better serve residents, the Quezon City government has multiplied four times the allocation for medicines and medical supplies to P2.2 billion, increased medical assistance from P3,000 to P5,000 and raised burial assistance from P10,000 to P25,000.

In addition, the city government has allocated around P90 million for the Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) for all city hall employees.

Assistant City Administrator for Finance Don Javillonar, the city government has focused on the delivery of social services through the Social Services Development Department (SSDD) and veered away from the usual practice on putting premium on infrastructure.

“We are balancing between growth of the city and the welfare of our people. We want to improve the lives of our people, we need to give back to them by putting the bulk of the budget on SSDD,” said Javillonar.