Senator Loren Legarda (right), chair of the senate committee on finance, chats with Vice President Leni Robredo before the start of the hearing discussing the 2017 proposed budget of the Office of the Vice President (OVP). Also discussed during the hearing were the budgets of housing and land use Regulatory Board, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation, National Housing Authority and Social Housing Finance Corporation.
Senator Loren Legarda, chair of the committee, then asked Robredo if the cut on the travel expense could affect her mobility.
“Not really, Madam chair. We’ve agreed already that when I travel on provincial trips, we’d be traveling with a very lean staff,” Robredo said.
“And I instructed the office also that we won’t occupy the best hotels. I just told them that my requirement is that the hotel is clean. Wherever the staff will stay, that’s where I will stay so there’s really no need for a very big travel budget,” she added.
“So in short, the OVP can live with it?” Legarda asked again, to which the Vice President answered yes.
The lower budget proposal includes a P10-million capital outlay.
Robredo said P6.8 million would be for new information and communications equipment, including upgrade for some, and P3.3 million for new vehicles to replace current ones which “have reached the end of their estimated useful life.”
“The motor vehicles which were transferred to us, most of them, can’t be used anymore, also the computers. So most of these are just upgrading of the basic necessities,” the Vice President said.
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