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Honorable City Mayor Japal J. Guiani, Jr.
1st Quarter of 2011

30 March 2011

  • Honorable members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod
  •  Fellow workers in government
  •  Fellow Cotabateños
  •  Ladies and Gentlemen

Good morning!

You have just seen the numerous hidden talents of Cotabateños. We know that they be great if given the break for their talents to be discovered. Who knows? They could be someday be joining the “Pilipinas Got Talent” and eventually shine as singing stars.

Let us just hope and pray that someday these singers will help bring the name of Cotabato City to the world headlines through their talents.

Thank you very much to our talented and beautiful singers!

Let us now proceed with the business of the day.

It has been nine months since you gave me the task of being your City Mayor.

I still remember the day when I assumed office. It was very difficult because I also inherited and assumed the gargantuan task of finding ways and means on how to pay the enormous debts and payables of the City Government.

The outstanding payables of the City Government was P28,180,206.96 as of June 30, 2010.

(as of June 30, 2010)

Due to


Various suppliers

P              9,616,311.78





Pag-IBIG Funds




Other GOCCs







P             28,180,206.96


Some P9.6 million pertains to expenses that were obligated but were not paid. Most of these expenses fall under the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses which have accumulated since January 2010.

The City Government also owed the Bureau of Internal Revenue some P2.9 million. It represents the withholding tax deducted from the employees’ salaries, value added taxes withheld from city government transactions with private entities.

On the other hand, the City Government also had a non-remitted amount of P7.3 million to the Government Service Insurance System or GSIS representing the premiums and loan amortization of the employees.

With the Pag-IBIG Funds, the City Government had an un-remitted amount of P3.1 million and more than P600,000.00 to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or PhilHealth.

The 30 percent Barangay Share on Community Tax and Real Property Tax amounting to more than P327,000.00 were not distributed to the city’s 37 barangays.

We were also surprised to learn that the city’s General Fund Statement of Cash Flow incurred a negative balance as of June 30, 2010.

General Fund Statement of Cash Flow
Office of the City Mayor
(as of June 30, 2010)

Account 969 – Other Maintenance and Operating Expenses

Annual Appropriation: P8,000,000.00

Appropriation for the Period

Actual Disbursements






The appropriation for donations under Account 878 also incurred an over expenditure of P478,759.05.


General Fund Statement of Cash Flow
Office of the City Mayor
(as of June 30, 2010)

Account 878- Donations

Annual Appropriation: P6,000,000.00

Appropriation for the Period

Actual Disbursements





Moreover, then Intelligence Fund under Account 881 also had an over expenditure of P1,970,000.00.

General Fund Statement of Cash Flow
Office of the City Mayor
(as of June 30, 2010)

Account 881 – Intelligence Fund

Annual Appropriation: P15,060,000.00

Appropriation for the Period

Actual Disbursements






Fortunately, we were able to pay a large portion of the debts. Thanks to the efforts of the employees of the City Government to increase our revenues so that we could pay these debts.

During my first week in office, I issued Executive Order No. 1 creating the Financial Management Team for the city’s Economic Enterprises. This was headed by the City Treasurer.

We do recognize the operation of these Public Economic Enterprises such as our two public markets, the slaughterhouse and other heavy equipment owned by the City Government as vital components in generating revenues and provide quality services and facilities for the welfare of our people and help spur economic development.

As a result, the Mega Market and the City Central Arcade showed a lot of improvements in terms of revenue collection, sanitation and management.

The revenue collection from stall fees, cash tickets and Business License from the Mega Market reached P8.5 million as compared to the 2009 income of P7.3 million or an increase of 16.27%.

This is something significant considering that the City Government had been subsidizing the operation of the Mega Market during the past years.