RDC lobby P64.38 B budget for 2014

The Regional Development Council VI Executive Committee endorsed a total of P64.38 billion projected financial plan for FY 2014 budget hearing.

The quantity is composed of the budget for 22 Regional Line Agencies (RLAs) worth P60.18 Billion and P4.20 Billion for 11 State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).

The Department of Education (DepEd) has an RDC endorsed amount of P27.8 Billion; the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) with P9.045Billion; the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with P6.599 Billion; Department of Health (DOH-CHD) with P5.38 Billion; National Irrigation Administration (NIA) with P4.567 Billion; Department of Agriculture (DA) with P2.6 Billion; Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) with P960.59 Million; Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) with P803.05 Million; Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) with P791.22 Million; Technical Education ans Skills Development Authority (TESDA) with P269.20 Million; Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) with P186.35 Million; Parole and Probation Administration of the Department of Justice (PPA/DOJ) with P172.68 Million; Bureau of Jail Managementand Penology  (BJMP) with P156.80 Million; Department of Science and Technology (DOST) with P146.65 Million; Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) P142.97 Million; Land Transportation Office (LTO) with P140.42 Million; Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) with P133.44 Million; Environment and Management Bureau (EMB) with P82.56 Million; Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) with P72.94 Million; Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) with P42.29 Million; Department of Tourism (DOT) with P15.46 Million; and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) with P10.29 Million.

National Economic Development Council (NEDA) 6 OIC- Regional Director Atty. Raul Anlocotan said there is a decline of budget for this year compared to the previous years due to the zero-based budgeting rule.

Anlocotan explained that the zero-based budgeting is applied when one agency did not consume the allotted budget for the whole year as approved by the Congress.

Furthermore, funds proposals of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) were also pushed: West Visayas State University (P1.2 Billion); Capiz State University (P595.46 Million); West Visayas College of Science and Technology (P589.00 Million); Aklan State University (P398.98 Million); Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College (P333.42 Million); Iloilo State College of Fisheries (P230.32 Million); Central Philippines State University(P216.20 Million); University of Antique (P206.82 Million); Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (P207.32 Million); Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology (P99.36 Million) and Guimaras State College (P95.16 Million).

The budget assessment will harmonize the National Budget Memorandum No. 115 dated December 28, 2012 or otherwise known as the National Budget Call.

The memorandum serves as a benchmark and guiding principle in the preparation of the FY 2014 budget proposals.

The budget proposals were initially reviewed and assessed by the four (4) sector committees of the RDC VI, namely, Social Development Committee (SDC), Economic Development Committee (EDC), Infrastructure Development Committee (IDC) and Development Administration Committee (DAC) prior the endorsement.

For the past three years, the RDC overall budget approval rating ranges from 59-64% on 2011, 65-71% on 2012 and 74-77% by 2013.

After the endorsement, the Congress, through the General Appropriations Act (GAA) will approved the budget set by the RDC.

Anlocotan, however, said the approved budget may either be lesser or greater than the proposed budget due to congressional insertion being implemented during the whole process. IMT/NEDA