Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr. yesterday said the Sangguniang Panlalawigan will seek an update on the cattle and sheep purchased by the Negros Occidental provincial government to determine how many they are and where they have been distributed.
The provincial government spent about P200 million for the cattle and sheep and on the structures housing them, he said.
Alvarez said it has to be the SP Committee on Agriculture chairman, Miller Serondo, who will ask Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena to appear before the SP to explain.
They want to know if the cattle and sheep have increased or decreased and where they were dispersed, he said.
He said the update on the cattle and sheep they are seeking has nothing to do with politics.
Meanwhile, the SP will approve the proposed budget of the Negros Occidental provincial government for 2013 immediately, if they do not find anything questionable in it, Alvarez said.
The proposed budget, however, has yet to be submitted to the SP.
Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan said the proposed budget of the province will be P2.020 billion compared to P1.878 billion this year.
That is because the Internal Revenue Allotment share of the province has increased from P1.692 billion this year, to P1.8 billion for next year, Pinongan said.
He said the executive branch will have to submit the proposed budget to the SP on or before October 16, and it has to be approved on or before December 31.
If it is not approved, a reenacted budget will cover only salaries and operational costs, not projects for the new year, he added.*CPG