House appropriations panel OKs P6-B OP budget

August 24, 2017 - 10:35 AM
Rodrigo Duterte
Reuters file photo of President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines — In just two minutes, the Office of the President earned the approval of the House of Representatives’ appropriations committee for its P6-billion proposed budget for 2018.

By tradition, the budgets of the Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President are not scrutinized at the committee level.

A motion by Albay Representative Edcel Lagman to terminate proceedings was approved by the committee members.

The proposed budget of the OP is divided thus: Personnel Services – P994.1 million; Maintenance Operating and Other Expense or MOOE – P4.6 billion; Capital Outlay – P370 million.

The MOOE includes confidential expenses (P1.25 billion); intelligence expenses (P1.25 billion); and extraordinary and miscellaneous expenses (P19 million).

Travel expenses were pegged at P884.9 million.