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Lacson questions budget raise given to DPWH next year

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 09:26 PM December 12, 2017

Sen. Panfilo Lacson

Senator Panfilo Lacson questioned on Tuesday the P11-billion raise given to the budget of the Department  of Public Works and Highways (DPWH ) next year as approved in the bicameral conference committee.

Lacson lamented that the P50. 7-billion slash  that he introduced in the Senate   was not only  restored  to the  DPWH  budget but an additional P11 billion  was also inserted during the bicam.

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“I found out that under the DPWH, all the amendments that I introduced  were restored and  an additional P11, 089, 682, 672 was added to the  budget of the DPWH,” he  said on the floor when  Senator  Loren Legarda presented  to the floor the  bicameral report on the 2018 budget.

“Now,   I want to find out the details of the P11 billion plus the 50.7 billion that was slashed in plenary during the introduction of individual  amendments plus the P18 billion for  flood management   program which we requested DPWH to submit  to us the details of the right-of-way (ROW) of components,”  Lacson added.

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He said he had earlier requested DPWH Secretary Mark Villar  to submit the  ROW component  of the  P50.7 billion since   the agency had only provided  the   P11 billion ROW components  with no list of claimants.

“Hindi na po ako interesado dun sa P50.7 billion  kasi nag-submit naman ang  DPWH ng ROW component even without the list of  claimants . I will tackle that during the  budget deliberation   of the 2019   General Appropriation Bill. That could come later,” Lacson said.

“But I’m interested   in finding out bakit nadagdagan pa ng P11 billion.  Kanino pong mga projects yun Mr. President?” he asked.

Responding to Lacson’s query,   Legarda promised to give  him  the  breakdown of the  P11 billion  increase of the DPWH budget by next week.

“I can live with that M.  President,”   Lacson said, “Before I came down, I promise myself to be kinder to you Mr. President.”

“That’s a great Christmas gift,”  Legarda said.

Despite his questions, Lacson did not object when the Senate voted to ratify the 2018 national budget.

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