The 2021 budget of the Department of Transportation was cut to 109 billion pesos, 35 billion pesos lower than its initial proposal, when it was approved by the Senate in plenary last week.
The executive branch requested a 145-billion-peso allocation for the DOTr in 2021, according to Senator Grace Poe, who sponsored the agency’s budget.
During the Senate deliberations, Poe said, “We trimmed the fat and examined the DOTr’s ability to use it. We are in a pandemic and there are important items that the government must spend on.”
She added, “Historically, the DOTr has not been able to use up its budget. Even with the cut, the 2021 budget is still record-high and it’s a phenomenal increase from last year’s.”
Under the House-approved General Appropriations Bill, the DOTr’s budget was cut to 125 billion pesos.
The Senate and Congress will need to reconcile the disagreeing provisions of the budget bill in a bicameral conference committee.