NIA, DAR 2023 budgets hurdle Senate sub-panel level; up for plenary debates
MANILA, Philippines — The 2023 budgets of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) are now up for Senate plenary deliberations.
Senator Cynthia Villar, who presided over the Senate finance subcommittee discussion, approved the budgets during the 10-hour hearing on Wednesday.
Under the national expenditure program, the NIA’s budget is P41.5 billion, lower than their proposed P47.4 billion.
Of their budget, a large chunk of P40.84 billion will be intended for budgetary support to government corporations, while P673 million is NIA’s corporate fund.
On the other hand, the budget of DAR next year is P15.85 billion.
Of DAR’s budget, P10.176 billion would be allocated for maintenance and other operating expenses, while P5.674 billion would be for personnel services.
The 2023 budgets of several attached agencies of the Department of Agriculture, such as the National Food Authority, likewise secured the panel’s nod.
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