MANILA - The P75-billion deleted from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) should be used to protect the roads along Cordillera's slopes, a lawmaker said Wednesday.
Part of the lumpsum removed from the DPWH's 2019 budget should be used to improve road safety in "Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, and Tublay which become impassable when landslides occur," Senator Panfilo Lacson said in a statement.
"If my other colleagues will allow ... we might give part of the P75 billion to the DPWH for slope protection work in Cordillera," he said.
"We will look for programs that need funding. But for me, the bottom line is that the 'transfer' of the P75 billion should not be from pork to pork," he added.
The Senate on Monday removed the sum from the DPWH's proposed budget after the agency failed to present a list of projects where the money would be allocated, and claimed that the amount was an insertion.
Other senators have suggested that part of the P75 billion should be allocated for the improvement of hospitals and clinics under the Department of Health.