Lobregat supports DILG budget Print
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 16:04

The House committee on appropriations recently proceeded with the briefing on the 2018 proposed budget of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) despite the absence of DILG Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy and Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director-General Ronald dela Rosa, who were both in Ozamiz City with President Duterte.

The committee proceeded with the DILG budget briefing after Rep. Abdullah Dimaporo (2nd District, Lanao del Norte) withdrew his motion to defer the agency’s budget deliberation.

Dimaporo made the motion to defer the budget deliberation in the absence of Cuy and Dela Rosa who were expected to lead the defense of the DILG proposed budget of P170.733 billion which is 15 percent higher than the 2017 budget of P148.037 billion.

Dimaporo said he has issues and concerns that only the DILG OIC and PNP Chief can answer.

But Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas said, they should proceed with the briefing instead and he assured Dimaporo that he would make the officials of the DILG and PNP go to his office (Fariñas) so that Dimaporo could have a dialogue with them otherwise, “we will not take-up their budget at all.”

“Sayang naman ang panahon nila. Mag-briefing na lang sila. Let’s go on with the briefing and then other questions can be reserved at the plenary stage,” said Fariñas.

Committee on Appropriations vice-chair, Zamboanga City Congressman Celso Lobregat asked the PNP if the list of its needed equipment, which was submitted to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, was included in the proposed budget.

Lobregat explained that when Speaker Alvarez went to Zamboanag City last April 18, he had a security briefing with Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command Chief Carlito Galvez, Jr. and PNP Regional Director Billy Beltran.

Lobregat said after the briefing, Speaker Alvarez said, “talagang kailangan ninyo ang tulong. So ibigay sa akin through Congressman Lobregat yung listahan na kailangan ninyo to combat the rebels and terrorists.” He said, in the area, there are five types of threats: the Maute, the Abu Sayyaf, the rogue elements of the MILF, the NPA and the private armies.

Lobregat said he was tasked by the Speaker to check if what was requested was included in the budget proposal.

“The Speaker committed that he will help and will ensure that the list is included in the budget,” he said.

Lobregat added that he went to the Speaker to tell him that the list was not included in th  the list was not included as the deadline for the budget proposal was last March 31.

About 81 percent of the DILG proposed budget or P137.917 billion will be allotted for personnel services (PS), 15 percent or about P25.537 billion for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE), and about four percent or P7.278 billion for capital outlays (CO). (Dexter Yap/PR)