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Lawmakers want Robredo’s budget increased, doubled or tripled

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Several lawmakers on Monday took up the cudgels for Vice President Leni Robredo as she presented her office’s proposed P679 million budget for 2021, the lowest in the government bureaucracy.

Camarines Sur Rep. Gabriel Bordado noted that the Office of the Vice President (OVP) was slashed by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) from its current budget of P708 million.

Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez urged his colleagues to increase the OVP budget by P113 million.

“Giving this P113 million will go a long way in providing funds to OVP to implement its regular programs and its response to Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

Baguio City Rep. Mark Go, on the other hand, said the OVP budget should be doubled or increased to as much as P1 billion.

ACT Teachers party-list Rep. France Castro said she supports the call to double or triple the OVP budget.

Rodriguez proposed the restoration of P41 million to the original budget proposal of Robredo’s office, which was reduced to P679 million.

In addition to restoring the P41-million reduction, the Mindanao lawmaker suggested that the OVP funding be augmented by 10 percent of its original proposal or by P72 million, for a total of P113 million.

Rodriguez congratulated Robredo for the OVP’s “successful programs for housing for internally displaced persons and for giving seed capital to people’s organization’s livelihood projects.”

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