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‘Di pinag-isipan! Lacson hits poor planning of P4.1-T budget for 2020

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Despite being the biggest appropriations in the country’s history, the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 was a product of poor planning, Senator Panfilo Lacson said Thursday (November 14).

Lacson shared his observation about the budget bill after pointing out that several items in the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) either contained vague details, or the agency was unaware of them.

“Ang overall impression is poor planning. Talagang dapat bago sa NEP (National Expenditure Program), nakaplano nang husto. Kumpleto ang planning para hindi masasayang ang pera,” he said.

Lacson said poor planning for the implementation of government projects has negative effects on the country, noting that P257 billion in the 2018 national budget ended up unused.

The senator cited a project involving Kennon Road in Baguio City and another infrastructure project in Cagayan as examples of items included in DPWH’s budget without proper planning.

He said the Kennon Road project worth P507 million had no details.

The Cagayan project, meanwhile, also had the word “requesting” as description.

“Obviously cut and paste yan. Wala pang approval pinondohan mo na ng P10 million,” Lacson said.

Despite the presence of questionable items in the proposed 2020 national budget, the senator demurred from sharing his suspicions on who was to blame for poor planning.

“That we don’t know. I will not proscribe motive,” he said.

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