Lower House’s operating expenses ballooned by over P3 billion in 2019

Published February 1, 2021, 9:43 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

The maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) of the House of Representatives in 2019 increased by more than P3 billion, according to a recent Commission on Audit (COA) report.

(MANILA BULLETIN FILE)

The House of Representatives’ higher expenditure in 2019 could be attributed to the substantial increase in two major items, namely the extraordinary and miscellaneous expenses and other maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE).

From 2018 to 2019, the extraordinary miscellaneous of the Lower House increased from P2.094 billion to P3.573 billion, while its other  MOOE grew from P2.652 billion to P4.310 billion.

The COA report also found that the House of Representatives had increased its expenditures in other items, particularly for traveling (from P344.043 million to P372.109 million), training and scholarship (P1.298 million to P4.858 million), and supplies and materials (P25.27 million to P36.902 million).

It also had higher spending for communication (P97.014 million to P137.922 million), general services (P58.535 million to P65.941 million), and repairs and maintenance (P12.475 million to P13.332 million).

However, COA saw that the Lower House’s expenses for professional services, utilities, and taxes, insurance premium and other fees have went down in 2019.

This brings the total MOOE of the House of Representatives to P9.356 billion in 2019, which is about P3.013 billion higher than the P6.342 billion MOOE in 2018. 

 
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