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DBM Slashed Several Departments’ Budget for ‍COVID Fund

  • In June, a total of P14.3 billion was slashed from the budget of several departments.
  • Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado explained that the budget cuts for the department included services, operations, and initiatives that could be postponed until next year.
  • The Bayanihan law, the implementation of which lapsed last month, allowed Mr. Duterte to realign items from the 2020 national budget of P4.1-trillion as well as continuing allocations in the 2019 budget of P3.7-trillion to financially sustain the war against the COVID-19 pandemic.
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In June, a total of P14.3 billion was slashed from the budget of several departments, including President Rodrigo Duterte’s and Vice President Leni Robredo’s offices, as the government struggled to secure more funding for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic before the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act expired.

The latest data from the Budget and Management department showed that the President’s Office’s 2020 budget of P8.2 billion was slashed by P28.1 million from April to June, while the Vice President’s budget was reduced by P12.3 million to P687.6 million.

Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado explained that the budget cuts for the department included services, operations, and initiatives that could be postponed until next year.

Hurting from the biggest budget reductions were the Department of Public Works and Highways, which was reduced by P123.1 billion; Department of Education, P24.2 billion; Commission on Higher Education, P13.9 billion; Department of Agriculture, P13.9 billion; and Department of Transportation, P8.8 billion.

The Bayanihan law, the implementation of which lapsed last month, allowed Mr. Duterte to realign items from the 2020 national budget of P4.1-trillion as well as continuing allocations in the 2019 budget of P3.7-trillion to financially sustain the war against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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