Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto is fearful that regardless of the rhetoric of change, the Duterte administration’s a lot ballyhooed “build, build, build” infrastructure is struggling the identical destiny of its predecessor.
“Is underspending a thing of the past? Or is it a continuing concern? Now that the shoe is on the other foot, have you solved the problem you have accused your predecessors of doing?” requested Recto in a press release.
He stated some officers of the Duterte administration have been quoted as saying that the Aquino administration had did not spend or delayed the spending of an estimated P1 trillion in appropriations.
But a preliminary estimate circulated amongst senators, the Duterte administration had piled up P185.eight billionin unreleased appropriations in 2016, on prime of unobligated allotments of P410.eight billion.
These “agencies of interest” embrace the Education, Health, Transportation, Agriculture, and Public Works and Highways departments, stated Recto.
He stated the Department of Transportation ought to declare if it had been in a position to wipe out the logjam of initiatives left by the earlier administration.
“Yung procurement hurdles ba, naayos na? Or is it still a slow train to procurement?” he stated.
He famous that the rail sector would get P22.1 billion this yr and P25.99 billion in 2018.
“In the case of DepED, how many of the new classrooms funded in last year’s budget have been completed?” Recto stated.
For 2017, DepED was given P109.three billion to construct 47,492 new lecture rooms and P2.47 billion to purchase 66,492 faculty desks, furnishings and fixtures. Next yr, the DepEC had been earmarked P106.1 billion for 47,000 new lecture rooms and P3.47 billion for 84,781 faculty desks, furnishings and fixtures.
“Sa teachers, we have created 53,831 positions this year. Ilan ba sa kanila ang nag-log-in when classes opened in June? Sa pulis, 10,000 ang target i-hire, how many of them are now pounding their beats?” Recto stated.
Another company plagued with slow-moving initiatives is the Department of Health, Recto stated.
For this yr, the DOH’S Health Facilities Enhancement Program was given P24.19 billion. In its 2018 funds, there is a provision of P29.03 billion for a similar program.
“In both DOH and DepED, they still have inherited backlog of deliverables from 2016,” Recto stated.
Recto stated the fund absorptive capability of the National Irrigation Administration, an workplace beneath the Cabinet Secretary, would even be scrutinized.
“This year may budget ito na P38.4 billion. Next year, may request for P41.9 billion. Ang tanong: Ilan na ang natapos nila? O nasimulan man lang,” Recto stated.
Recto stated the Senate evaluate of the Duterte administration’s proposed 2018 national funds for 2018 of P3.7 trillion will “heart on its skill to make the most of the appropriations for public works. “
“What projects have been delivered? What are delayed or derailed? ‘Yan yung mga tanong na dapat sagutin ng mga ahensya,” Recto stated.
Recto stated authorities businesses should show that it was certainly utilizing the cash extra effectively and successfully than the earlier administration.
“We will be examining both ledgers. Income and spending. Bakit ka hihingi ng ganito kalaking bagong revenues kung hindi mo naman nagagasta?” Recto stated.
Recto stated understanding “spending humps” would clarify why applications had been “slow-moving” applications.
“It will serve a dual purpose. First, identify the fat which can be re-channeled to good programs like free public college,” Recto stated.
“Second, we can cut overhead and frivolous expenses, so we can in turn reduce the number of new taxes the government is asking Congress to impose,” he added.