Senate panel OKs OVP’s P2.3B budget

Senate panel OKs OVP’s P2.3B budget

By Rjhay E. Laurea

PASAY CITY — Just like what she did during the House committee deliberations for the proposed budget of the Office of the Vice President (OVP) and the Department of Education (DepEd) for fiscal year 2023, Vice President Sara Z. Duterte personally attended the Senate Committee on Finance hearing for the same purpose.

Amid questions coming from some senators, the Senate Committee on Finance on Thursday (September 29) approved the proposed P2.3 Billion budget of the OVP for 2023, with several senators expressing full support for Vice President Sara Duterte’s ongoing and proposed programs.

“Aprobado ng Senate Committee on Finance ang proposed budget para sa Office of the Vice President at ng Department of Education para sa fiscal year 2023 (The Senate Committee on Finance already approved the proposed budget for the Office of the Vice President and the Department of Education for the fiscal year 2023),” Duterte confirmed in her social media post.

“Inilahad ko po kanina ang mga ipinapatupad na programa ng Office of the Vice President katulad ng satellite offices, Disaster Risk Relief Operations Center, Medical and Burial assistance program, Libreng Sakay program, PagbaBAGo Campaign, Kalusugan Food Trucks, at ang mga nakatakdang ipatupad sa susunod na taon katulad ng Mag-Negosyo ‘Ta Day, Peace 911, at ang pagpapatayo ng permanent residence ng Office of the Vice President na magagamit ng future Vice Presidents ng bansa (Earlier, I stated the programs being implemented by the Office of the Vice President like the satellite offices, Disaster Risk Relief Operations Center, Medical and Burial assistance program, Libreng Sakay program, PagbaBAGo Campaign, Kalusugan Food Trucks, and the soon-to-be launched Mag-Negosyo ‘Ta Day livelihood program, Peace 911, and the permanent residence of the Office of the Vice President that will benefit the future vice presidents and their staff),” Duterte added.

She presented her office’s proposed budget in a video presentation before the Committee on Finance chaired by Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara.

Duterte said the OVP intends to continue its operations of the satellite offices since “these are the offices that cascade down the projects of the central office.”

“When we came in, we saw that the medical and burial assistance of the Office of the Vice President, which started during the term of Vice President Noli De Castro, was concentrated in the NCR area. So these satellite offices deliver that assistance to the areas where we established them,” Duterte said.

Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri said he “will always support the budget of the OVP whoever the Vice President may be,” and appealed to give the same due courtesy given to the previous vice presidents when it comes to budget.

“I know for a fact that this Vice President is a very hardworking Vice President. She has a heart for the Filipino people and she only wants the best for our people,” Zubiri said.

Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla also pushed for the approval of the OVP’s budget, even lauding Duterte’s initiative of creating satellite offices throughout the country. (AI/MTVN)

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