MANILA- Senator Cynthia Villar on Friday expressed dismay over the budget cuts, proposed by Sen. Panfilo Lacson, from the 2018 Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) budget.
Lacson had pushed to cut over P50.7 billion from the DPWH budget for projects that had right-of-way issues and moved that the funds be realigned instead to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, for the chalk allowance for teachers, feeding programs, and for the population survey of the Philippine Statistics Authority.
"Actually maraming resistance ano. Ang daming kumakausap na tinamaan yung projects nila," Lacson told reporters on Thursday following the first meeting of the bicameral conference on the proposed 2018 national budget.
Speaking to ANC on Friday, Villar, mother of DPWH Chief Mark Villar, said the budget cut is a public concern and not just that of her son.
"It's not his (Mark Villar) problem. It's the problem of those living in those places," she said.
"Hindi sila (Mark Villar and Sen. Lacson) nagkaintindihan kung anong project ang may right-of-way problem at alin ang wala," she added.
The senator said the budget changes should be studied since it would be "unfair" to realign funds from road projects that have no right-of-way issues.
"Many of those projects are continuing projects and they have no problem with right-of-way, so the people from those provinces are complaining because the projects will not push through," she said.
The Senate and the House of Representatives are set to meet in a bicameral conference to straighten out differences in the proposed 2018 national budget.
The measure will then be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte for signature.