Senate panel approves increase in Robredo’s budget for 2020, Marami kasing natulungan!

Vice President Leni Robredo / Photo from GMA Network

The Senate Finance Committee chaired by Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, has promised to further increase the 2020 budget of the Office of the Vice President to support its anti-poverty initiatives.

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

 “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.
Vice President Leni Robredo who appeared before the committee, last Monday (September 16), and presented the OVP’s proposed budget of P673.02 million for 2020.

The committee chairman was impressed by the Vice President’s budget presentation. He commended the OVP’s endeavors to reach remote communities despite working on a tight budget through its flagship anti-poverty program, “Angat Buhay”.

“[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".

“The motion is carried and we will favorably endorse without prejudice to increasing but not decreasing the budget of the Office of the Vice President.”

Robredo welcomed the Senate committee's gesture, saying that this will enhance her office’s anti-poverty programs and projects.

“Yung next three years is more for strengthening what we have started already, expanding our coverage, and making sure that all the initiatives that we started will become sustainable,” she said.

Source: Politiko

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