Dela Rosa commends Duterte admin’s record-high collection from GOCCs

Dela Rosa commends Duterte admin’s record-high collection from GOCCs

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — The efficient performance of the Duterte administration
compared to the past administration in collecting dues from
government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) has surfaced
during the Senate Briefing of the Development Budget Coordinating
Committee on the Proposed 2022 National Expenditure Program.

Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa pointed out in the Senate briefing
last September 8 that the remittances collected from GOCCs in just
four years under the Duterte administration were almost twice the
total collections of the Aquino administration in its entire six-year
term.

Dela Rosa highlighted the difference when he asked Finance Secretary
Carlos Dominguez: “In your presentation, the six years of (the) Aquino
administration from 2010 to 2016, six years, ang collection was only
PHP164 billion as compared to the Duterte administration, four years
lang from 2016 to 2020, the GOCC remittances amounted to PHP317
(billion). So, almost nagdoble. May I know from you what was the
measures instituted by this government that resulted in the increase
of almost 100 percent in the collection from the GOCCs?”

In his reply, Dominguez attributed the better collections under the
Duterte administration to the very efficient monitoring of GOCCs by
the “good corporate affairs group headed by Usec. Tionko and Assistant
Secretary Cruz.”

He was referring to Undersecretary Antonette C. Tionko and Assistant
Secretary Soledad Emilia J. Cruz of the Corporate Affairs Group of the
Department of Finance.

“They were very efficient in monitoring the performance of the GOCCs,
helping them improve it, and being very diligent in collecting the 50%
due to the government… So, it’s a matter of diligence, it’s a matter
of persuasion,” he told Dela Rosa.

The Mindanaoan Senator also asked Dominguez if the anti-graft and
corruption drive of President Duterte “is working along this line.”

Dominguez answered: “I would say there’s better management and less
leakage. I do not say there’s graft and corruption but I would say
there’s less leakage there.” (AI/MTVN)

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