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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



10 August 2018 04:04:36 PM

Lawmakers voiced their concerns about how a cash-based system of budgeting would affect projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in 2019. During the budget briefing by the DPWH on Thursday, House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles (1st District, Davao City) and other lawmakers were apprehensive that the DPWH budget dropped by 14.63 percent to P544.521 billion for 2019 from P637.864 billion in 2018. Nograles pointed out that several programs had reduced or zero budgets for Tier 1 (ongoing projects) while allocations for Tier 2 (new projects) increased. Rep. Edcel Lagman (1st District, Albay) said the DPWH budget must be restored and augmented, and noted that cash-based budgeting is being prematurely enforced. Reps. Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo (1st District, Lanao del Norte) and Rep. Johnny Ty Pimentel (2nd District Surigao del Sur) expressed the same view. Reps. Cesar Sarmiento, Deogracias Ramos Jr., Manuel Sagarbarria, Divina Grace Yu, Magnolia Antonino, and Carlos Isagani Zarate also attended the budget hearing. Also present were DPWH Secretary Mark Villar and Undersecretaries Rafael Yabut, Catalina Cabral, and Dimas Soguilon . | Czarina Engracia/Gilbert Engay