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Leni’s 2019 budget cut back by P P95.4 M

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By Genalyn Kabiling

The Office of the Vice President (OVP) will receive a P447.6-million budget under the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget for 2019.

Vice President Leni Robredo delivered the keynote speech at the launch of Marites Vitug's "Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case Against China," held at the Ateneo de Manila University on Wednesday, July 24, 2018. In her remarks, VP Leni lauded Vitug for undertaking a journalistic account of the Philippine government's fight and eventual victory before the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and joined anew the call of other senior officials for the administration to take advantage of this ruling. (Photo by OVP)

Vice President Leni Robredo (Photo by OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)

The proposed budget allocation was lower than the P543 million allocated to Vice President Leni Robredo’s office this year.

Of the 2019 OVP budget, at least P350.1 million will go to maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE), P94.5 million for personnel services, and P3 million for capital outlays.

Included in the maintenance expenses are financial assistance/subsidy (P197 million), professional services (P32 million), representation (P27 million), travel funds (P25 million), supplies and materials (P15.5 million), and repair and maintenance of leased assets (P4 million).

The budget proposal, posted on the Department of Budget and Management website, also laid down the OVP’s organizational outcome, which is “enhanced strategic partnership and advocacy in good governance.”

Its performance indicators include ceremonial and technical support services and good governance programs.

Under the present national budget, the executive branch originally proposed a P443 million budget for the OVP. Congress however later raised the budget by P100 million to boost the OVP’s poverty alleviation projects.

The proposed 2019 national budget was submitted to Congress during President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address last July 23.

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