Social services gets largest chunk: Joy Belmonte hails approval of QC’s P28-B budget for 2021

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has lauded the Quezon City Council’s approval on third and final reading of the local government’s P28.7 billion budget for 2021.

Belmonte said social services got almost half or 49% of the total budget at P13.9 billion so the local government can continue providing responsive and efficient social services as the COVID-19 crisis continues.

“The need for social services support during these times is expected to remain high, as many of our citizens struggle against the pandemic and under the new normal,” said Belmonte.

The city, meanwhile, earmarked P10.2 billion for general public services, P3.4 billion for economic services, and P1.2 billion for the legislative branch.

Belmonte said the city government had hoped for a small budget next year as the city may be hard-pressed to meet its revenue targets due to the pandemic hindering economic growth. However, she explained said this will not be possible for two more reasons.

“Salaries and wages across the board have risen significantly, driven by the Salary Standardization Law and our need to provide competitive salaries for our healthcare workers. And lastly, we have to provide adequate and improved healthcare for all,” Belmonte said.