Lobregat credits De Vera for HR 243 approval PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 November 2017 14:04

The House committee on appropriations vice-chairman Celso Lobregat credits Rep. Eugene Michael de Vera of (Party-list, ABS) for the approved House Resolution 243 urging President Rodrigo Duterte to issue an executive order increasing the daily local travel allowance of government officials and personnel on official business to P2,000 since the present rate of P800 is no longer attuned to the times.

Congressman Lobregat said that he quoted De Vera, a Deputy Minority Leader, who said the government personnel find it difficult when they are assigned to different places for official business because of their insufficient travel allowance. “Wala silang pera para dun, ang mahal na ng lodging, pagkain P240 ang allowance, bale P80 per meal. And then P400 for accommodation, wala na pong ganun. I think P2,000 is fair enough although maliit pa rin, tapos pag nadagdagan yan mas maganda,” De Vera said.

Lobregat made the clarification to correct an earlier press release in which statements were attributed to him (Lobregat) instead of De Vera.

Congressman De Vera also said that the last adjustment was made in 2004, it has been 13 years since then. We all know that prices have increased. By having this resolution, probably the President will listen to us in order that our poor government employees assigned officially to different destinations within the country would have enough money to use in their respective assignments.

The breakdown of the P2,000 daily travel allowance shall be: hotel/lodging, P1,000; meals, P600; and incidental expenses, P400.

The DBM is currently studying, in coordination with agencies concerned, the possible adjustments on existing allowances and expenses for local and foreign travels of government personnel, according to the DBM representative.

Congressman Lobregat said everyone realizes the importance of HR 243, hence he moved for its approval. – Dexter Yap