Poor performance led to NTF-ELCAC budget cut - Hontiveros | Inquirer News

Poor performance led to NTF-ELCAC budget cut – Hontiveros

By: - Reporter / @JMangaluzINQ
/ 12:51 PM December 02, 2022
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Sen. Risa Hontiveros   (Voltaire F. Domingo/Senate PRIB)

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Risa Hontiveros on Friday said that the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict’s (NTF-ELCAC) bad performance led to budget cuts from the Senate. 

The NTF-ELCAC was only able to accomplish or start 2% of its projects from last year’s budget, according to House appropriations panel chairman and Ako Bicol party-list Rep.  Zaldy Co.

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“Pagdating sa budget, simple lang: kapag pangit ang performance, babawasan ang pondo, at ibibigay ang pera sa tunay na nangangailangan,” said Hontiveros.

(When it comes to the budget, it is simple: If performance is poor, the budget will be reduced and channeled to those who need it). 

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The NTF-ELCAC “must first be able to show that its initiatives worked,” said the opposition senator. 

Hontiveros added that the funds should go to implementing agencies such as the health, social welfare and development and labor and employment departments, among others.

“Bilang taga-bantay ng kaban ng bayan, uunahin din dapat nating bigyan ng tulong at pondo ang basic services, major health programs, ayuda para sa mga nabiktima ng kalamidad, at pantawid ng mga pinadapa ng matinding kahirapan,” added Honitveros. 

(As protectors of the government’s coffers, priority funding should be extended to basic services, health programs, and aid to victims of calamities, disasters and those mired in poverty.)   

Co previously said that the House bicameral committee plans to restore the NTF-ELCAC’s budget while acknowledging that the task force has been underperforming.

“After all, this is one of the key priorities of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., which was clearly outlined in the National Expenditure Program the administration sent to Congress,” Co said previously. 

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