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Marami kasing natulungan! Senate panel keen on increasing 2020 budget of Robredo’s office

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Marami kasing natulungan! Senate panel keen on increasing 2020 budget of Robredo’s office

The Senate Finance Committee has committed to further increasing the 2020 budget of the Office of the Vice President to support its anti-poverty initiatives and efforts to professionalize its ranks.

Vice President Leni Robredo personally appeared before the committee—led by Senator Sonny Angara—during the budget deliberations on Monday (September 16) to present the OVP’s proposed budget of P673.02 million.

Impressed by Vice President Leni Robredo’s presentation, Senator Sonny Angara lauded her office’s efforts to reach out to communities—through its flagship anti-poverty program, Angat Buhay—despite working on a limited budget.

“[We] would like to congratulate you for all your good programs. Naabot niyo iyong hindi man lang namin alam na merong gano’ng lugar. Congratulations po!” Angara told Robredo.

The budget was later approved upon the motion of Senate Majority Floor Leader Migz Zubiri, who moved that this be done “without prejudice to increasing it.”

Robredo welcomed the move of the Senate committee, saying that this will help improve her office’s anti-poverty initiatives.

Sen. Angara said the panel will “at the very least, protect” the OVP’s proposed budget in the next steps of deliberations.

“At the very least, we will protect your budget, but I am sure many of us would even want to increase it, given the demands of your office. Napakalaki po ng mandato, ang laki rin po ng expectations ng mga tao, so we have to deal with all these things,” he added.

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