Robredo seeks P664.9-million budget for OVP in 2020

Published August 20, 2019, 3:43 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo is seeking a P664.9-million budget for her office in 2020, higher than the P547.6 million allocation this year, the Office of the Vice President (OVP) said on Tuesday.

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

OVP Undersecretary Philip “Boyet” Dy said the bulk of the funding will go to maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE), amounting to P552.5 million.

Almost P100 million will go to personnel services, while P12.4 million will be for capital outlay.

“The total OVP budget for 2020 included in the NEP (National Expenditure Program) is P664.883 million,” Dy, who is also Robredo’s chief of staff, told Manila Bulletin.

It is the highest ever allocation for the so-called “spare tire” for the presidency.

Dy noted the total amount was net of the Retirement and Life Insurance Premiums (RLIP), which was “automatically appropriated per computation of the Department of Budget and Management.”

The House of Representatives has already received from the DBM the 2020 National Expenditure Program proposing a P4.1 trillion budget for the year.

The NEP serves as the basis for the General Appropriations Bill (GAB), which will become the General Appropriations Act (GAA) once signed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Vice presidential spokesperson Ibarra “Barry” Gutierrez said Robredo will personally appear before the House appropriations committee when it holds the hearing on her office’s budget next week.

“Wala pa yatang hearing na naganap ang budget committee ng Kongreso man o ng Senado na hindi siya mismo ang humarap para depensahan at i-presenta iyong proposed budget ng OVP,” he said.

(There was no hearing held in Congress or Senate, where she herself did not attend to present the proposed budget of the OVP.)

The Vice President will get more funds to spend for her projects for several poor Filipinos if her office’s proposed 2020 appropriation is finally approved.

In October 2016, Robredo launched Angat Buhay, her flagship anti-poverty program that focuses on six key advocacies—nutrition and food security, universal healthcare, education, housing, rural development, and women empowerment.

This has mobilized P350 million worth of assistance for the benefit of 400,000 individuals from 193 areas nationwide in partnership with the private sector.