Senators eye realigning some DPWH, DOTR funds to education sector

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 12 2019 08:34 PM

MANILA - Some senators proposed to realign portions of the Department of Transportation's (DOTr) and Department of Public Works and Highways' (DPWH) 2020 budget to the education sector due to concerns over the 2 agencies' capacity to fully use their budget, Senate Finance Committee chair Sonny Angara said Tuesday.

A Commission on Audit report tagged the DPWH and the DOTr as the “worst performers when it comes to the capacity to disburse‬,” Senators Panfilo Lacson and Franklin Drilon said during the second day of budget deliberations at the Senate.

"We don't want to give them bigger budgets kasi yung dati nga hindi nila na-disburse paano pa kaya pag nilakihan yung budget?" Angara told reporters.

"Rather than give the money to someone who cannot spend it, bigay na natin sa medyo nanghihingi o nangangailangan ng pera," he said.

The Senate has yet to finalize the amount that will be stripped from the DOTr and the DPWH, but the funding will most likely be realigned to education programs, he said.

"We see some needs that are urgent like yung free college education marami nang nag-eenroll so pondohan na muna natin yun," Angara said.

The House of Representatives earlier approved the 2020 budget with the DPWH receiving the second highest appropriation amounting to P534.3 billion.

The DOTr’s 2020 budget was increased by 112 percent to about P130 billion.