Two lawmakers on Friday urged Congress to increase the budget of the Office of the Vice President (OVP) after the government proposed to cut its funding for 2022 by P195.38 million.
Camarines Sur Representative Gabriel Bordado and ACT Teachers party-list Representative France Castro said the office of Vice President Leni Robredo deserves a budget hike due to its contributions to the country’s COVID-19 pandemic response and proper handling of government funds.
“The Office of the Vice President has been judiciously and honestly spending its budget in order to pursue the objective of promoting and protecting the welfare and well-being of the Filipino people,” Bordado said during the hearing of the House appropriations committee on the proposed 2022 national budget.
“On top of its multiple programs and projects aimed at improving the lives of our marginalized countrymen, the Office of the Vice President has been at the forefront of the fight against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.”
Castro said she was satisfied with the performance of the OVP despite its meager resources.
Robredo presented to the committee the proposed appropriations for her office for 2022, which is P713.41 million. This is 21.5% lower than the OVP's current budget of P908.79 million.
The House panel has terminated the budget briefing of the OVP to give way to plenary deliberations.—AOL, GMA News