Mayor Michael Rama is against the proposal to increase the fines for people apprehended for jaywalking because he is afraid that it will only result in corruption.
What the mayor wants is that the campaign against the jaywalkers should be made consistent and there should be an intensified information drive about the issue before the media and in the barangays.
The City Council’s committee on traffic management had already approved the proposal of Councilor Richard Osmeña to amend the existing and anti-jaywalking ordinance to increase the existing P500 fine to P1T.
If the P500M proposed budget for next year’s operation of the CCMC will be realized, there may be enough drugs and medicines for its patients and the city can already purchase additional medical equipment.
Outgoing CCMC director Eduardo Sedoripa said he already submitted the copies of the proposed hospital budget to City Hall and it is up to city officials whether to approve it or make some adjustments.
The CCMC’s budget for this year is only P211M, of which only P20M is allocated for drugs and medicines.