DAVAO CITY – The Davao Central 911 is set to get the biggest chunk of the proposed PHP9.8-billion 2021 budget of the city government once approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod, Mayor Sara Z. Duterte said Friday.
In a radio interview, Mayor Sara did not provide any figure but said a huge portion of the department’s budget will go to the salary of its personnel.
Davao Central 911, also known as the Communications and Emergency Response Center, is a centralized and integrated system that links the government’s resources to the emergency needs of Davao City residents.
It is the first of its kind in Asia and the third in the world, after the United States and Canada, to offer a wide range of services for free.
Davao Central 911 has five operational units: the Emergency Calls Answering Point and Dispatch (ECAP-D), Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Urban Search and Rescue (USAR), Fire Auxiliary Services (FAS), and the K-9 unit.
“We will submit our annual 2021 budget proposal to the Sangguniang Panlungsod just in time for today’s (Friday) deadline. We really need their approval. It slightly decreased from PHP10.3 billion budget that we have for this year,” she added.
As to the city’s calamity fund, Duterte bared that the quick response fund (QRF) of PHP100 million for 2020 remains untouched to this day amid concerns of unforeseen disasters.
“All expenses for the city’s Covid-19 response were sourced from the `Bayanihan’ fund of the national government and some calamity fund disbursements this year were not taken from the QRF,” Mayor Sara said.
If the QRF remains unused by the end of December, it will then be included in the city’s Covid-19 response fund, she added.
Duterte also announced that she will share the highlights of the city executive’s proposed 2021 budget during her State of the City Address (SOCA) slated at the end of the month. (PNA)