Don’t worry Leni: House panel vows to restore cuts in OVP budget for 2019
By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
The House appropriations panel has assured Vice President Leni Robredo that it will find ways to help restore her office’s 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 budget deliberations for the Office of the Vice President (OVP).
The OVP’s original proposed budget for next year is at Php 549.6 million but the Department of Budget Management (DBM) only approved Php 447.68 million which is Php 100 million less than the Robredo’s 2018 allotment.
Nograles stressed “most of the departments also experienced the same budget cuts which is why they are trying to resolve things within their means.”
“Wag kayong mag-alala. Hanapan natin ng paraan itong problema na ito,” Nograles told Robredo.
Robredo said the budget cut would mean that the OVP would not be able to continue with its livelihood assistance to adopted LGUs.
“We would like to make this appeal, Mr. Chair, na sana po ibalik po ‘yong dati… ‘yong nabawas. It’s not for operations, but it’s really for our livelihood assistance. It’s really difficult if we’re entirely dependent on private sector support,” said Robredo.
Nograles’ panel was quick to review the OVP budget and decided to approve it within 15 minutes
The House of Representatives recently suspended its budget deliberations for the proposed Php 3.757-trillion General Appropriations Act (GAA) for 2018 due to several budget cuts of major government agencies under the cash-based budgeting scheme.
On Tuesday, the House leadership announced that its is planning to approve on final reading the proposed 2019 National Budget this coming October 12 as Congress and the DBM finally reached consensus over the budget cuts.