DPWH budget cut down to P4 billion: House leader

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Posted at Dec 06 2017 12:23 PM | Updated as of Dec 06 2017 03:08 PM

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MANILA - The Department of Public Works and Highways will get a P4-billion budget cut in 2018, instead of the P50.7 billion proposed in the Senate, a House leader said Wednesday.

House Appropriations Committee Chair Karlo Nograles said the DPWH and the Department of Budget and Management were able to explain at Tuesday's bicameral meeting that the reduction would affect the administration's infrastructure push.

Senator Panfilo Lacson sought to slash in the DPWH's budget for projects that had right-of-way issues. It was approved by the Senate during the period of amendments.

Nograles said Lacson wanted "right-of-way without civil works," but it was not feasible.

"The problem with doing right-of-way without civil works is once you are able to get the settlers to relocate, but they don't see any civil works or infrastructure being done, then chances are those settlers will come back and they might be more," Nograles told ANC's Headstart.