By Rjhay E. Laurea
QUEZON CITY — Vice President Sara Z. Duterte on Thursday (September 22) showed her support to her colleagues at the Office of the Vice President (OVP) and the Department of Education (DepEd) as she personally attended the agencies’ Plenary Budget Hearing in the House of Representatives.
Amid the scrutiny by some lawmakers such as Albay Representative Edcel Lagman and Kabataan Partylist Representative Raoul Manuel, Duterte found an ally with the personality of Davao de Oro Representative Maricar Zamora.
“Dumalo tayo ngayong araw sa Plenary Budget Hearing sa Kongreso bilang suporta sa ating mga kasamahan sa Office of the Vice President at Department of Education (Today, we attended the Plenary Budget Hearing in Congress to show our support to our colleagues at the Office of the Vice President and Department of Education),” Duterte said in a post.
“Maraming salamat kay Davao de Oro First District Congresswoman Maricar Zamora na siyang tumayo para ipagtanggol ang proposed budget ng OVP at DepEd (Thank you Davao de Oro First District Congresswoman Maricar Zamora who stood up to defend our proposed budget for OVP and DepEd),” she added.
The proposed budget of OVP for the Fiscal Year 2023 will be used for the implementation of social services and other programs that can help our countrymen all over the Philippines.
While the DepEd budget will be utilized to improve the basic education of Filipino children and to execute programs and projects that will respond to the challenges that the institution is facing at the moment.
Last week, the House of Representatives appropriations committee swiftly terminated the hearing for the proposed Php2.3-billion budget of the Office of the Vice President (OVP) for 2023.
Due to this development, Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte thanked the House of Representatives for their continued support of the programs, activities, and projects of the Office of the Vice President.
Duterte personally presented her office’s proposed budget before the appropriations panel and the proposed budget for the Department of Education (DepEd). (ai/mtvn)