Part of P51-B fund in 2019 budget to be reallocated for Ompong rehab

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 19 2018 03:37 PM

MANILA - A portion of the P51 billion lumpsum flagged by some congressmen in the 2019 budget will be reallocated to augment rehabilitation funds for areas hit by Typhoon Ompong, House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. said.

The House of Representatives earlier voted to revise the committee report filed by its Appropriations Committee last week after several congressmen spotted that about P51 billion under the Department of Public Works and Highways' budget may be used as discretionary funds as the fund was not allocated to specific projects.

The House has yet to finalize how much of the lumpsum will be reallocated for the Ompong rehabilitation fund as a "comprehensive damage assessment which can guide as to what projects will be undertaken" has yet to be released, Andaya told House reporters earlier this week.

"There will be no post-enactment identification which is prohibited. Spelled out dapat," he said.

Other parts of the P51 billion fund that was allegedly inserted in the 2019 budget will be realigned for health and education projects.

Typhoon Ompong left a trail of destruction in Ilocos, Cagayan and the Cordillera after it barreled across Northern Luzon over the weekend.- with a report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News