Senators did not run out of kind words to say to Vice President Leni Robredo, as they swiftly approved at the committee level the executive branch’s proposed budget for her office in 2022.
The Senate finance panel’s budget deliberations for the Office of the Vice President, which lasted less than an hour on Tuesday, September 21, saw lawmakers seeking to increase the OVP’s budget.
“The House has said they want to increase the OVP budget to a billion, which I think is not an unreasonable goal,” Senate finance committee chairman Sonny Angara said, echoing a similar push from the House.
“In the past years, the Senate has always looked kindly on the budget of the Vice President and she has many supporters in the chambers, and seeing how she has utilized the budget,” Angara added.
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri shared Angara’s sentiments.
“Kung P1 billion ang kailangan ni Ma’am Leni, ibigay natin sa kanya, dahil nakita natin na napakasipag ng ating Vice President. All she does is go out and continuously help our kababayan, and I admire her for that,” Zubiri said.
(If Robredo’s office needs P1 billion, let’s give it to her because we have seen how hardworking she is.)
The executive branch proposed a P713.41-million budget for the OVP to Congress. The Department of Budget and Management’s proposal is 21% lower than the P908.79 million which Robredo’s office received for 2021.
Just like the House’s deliberations on the OVP’s budget on September 10, Robredo also attended the Senate’s budget hearing for her office on Tuesday.
Robredo presented to the senators her office’s accomplishments, from the number of families it has helped since 2016 through the partnerships her office has forged, to how those partnerships were utilized to jumpstart COVID-19 programs since the pandemic began in 2020. – Rappler.com