Vice-President Ma. Leonor ‘Leni’ Robredo leads the way for a lean budget for 2017 for the Office of the Vice President.
The P428.618 million proposed 2017 budget for the OVP is 14.28 percent lower than its 2016 budget, Robredo said Wednesday.
Robredo presented the 2017 budget proposal to the Senate Committee on Finance with confidence that even with a lower budget, the office would still be able to carry out its projects.
The VP told committee chairperson Senator Loren Legarda that her office has saved P200,00 per month for selecting to stay in a cheaper Reception House in Quezon City rather then the Coconut Palace in Pasay City.
Robredo, who chairs the Housing Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), also said that she does not need a higher budget for travel since she usually travels with a lean staff and stays in the same accommodation with them.
While she acknowledged her office need a bigger budget, she said that it is more important to fix the system.
“While we need a high budget, I think at this time it is more important to fix the system because there are also other agencies that don’t maximize their budget,” Robredo said.
She explained that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has a so-called “absorptive capacity” that mandates an agency’s budget to be reduced if the previous budget has not been utilized.
Video: Watch VP Leni Robredo Present OVP Budget Proposal for 2017: