Thursday, August 30, 2018

Para sa mahihirap yan! Robredo asks House panel to help restore cuts in OVP's 2019 budget





Leni Robredo personally appealed to restore her office's budget for 2019 to the House Committee of Appropriations / photo from GMA News



Manila, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday requested to the House Committee on Appropriations to help restore the reductions in the proposed budget of her office for year 2019.

Robredo personally appealed as she presented before the committee the P447-million budget for the Office of the Vice President under the National Expenditure Program for 2019.

“That would mean we would not be able to continue with our livelihood assistance for our adopted LGUs. And if you look at the records, all our adopted LGUs are the poorest, the farthest, of our communities, so the livelihood assistance would have meant a great deal in supporting them,” she said.

According to Robredo, the OVP originally asked for P549.6 million but was slashed by P100 million by the Department of Budget and Management.

She explained that support of private corporations is not enough for the OVP to continue helping poor communities.

“We would like to make this appeal, Mr. Chair: Sana po kahit ibalik lang iyong dati,” Robredo said
“The office has been used to working within our means, pero iyong pagbawas [sa 2019 budget], it’s not for operations, but it’s really for livelihood assistance.”  She added

Meanwhile, the House appropriations panel, in response to Robredo assured her that it will find ways to help restore her original proposed budget following the cash-based budgeting scheme under the 2019 National Expenditure Program (NEP).

House appropriations committee chair and Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles made the statement during the deliberations for OVP’s 2019 budget.

Nograles, on the other hand stressed that most of the departments also experienced the same budget cuts.

“Wag kayong mag-alala. Hanapan natin ng paraan itong problema na ito,” Nograles told Robredo