By: Roy Bersales
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte has issued a marching orders on his Cabinet members to spend properly the budget allotted on their departments, or else, they will be sacked from their posts.
Budget Secretary Bejamin Diokno on Friday revealed Duterte’s order so that the public would know what was exactly on the President’s mind about the people’s money.
Diokno said the Cabinet members are required to spend properly and honestly the budget allotted on their departments, or any official of agencies under their departments, because if they failed to do so, Duterte will sack them out from their post.
Duterte’s marching orders came after he signed into law the P3.35 Trillion budget for 2017.
The as found in the General Appropriations Act (GAA) for next year was the second law done under the 6-month-old Duterte administration.
The first one was the reset of Barangay and Sanguniang Kabataan elections to October next year from October this year.
The point of Duterte’s proper spending is in connection with the faster movement of the economy.
Diokno, who was also the secretary of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) during the Estrada’s short-lived presidency, explained that “Ang pressure niyan nasa mga sekretaryo, yung mga kasama ko sa gabinete. Ang sabi ng presidente dyan, “Use it or lose it.” ‘Pag binigyan ka ng budget at hindi mo nagastos you’ll lose your job. Hindi ‘yung budget. You’ll lose your job.”
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The budget for the calamity was slashed to P15.7 Million from P38.9 billion in 2016 reportedly due to massive corruption that have happened in the previous years.
The funds, excluding the funds that came from the private groups and non-governmental organizations, allocated to the victims of super typhoon Yolanda were extremely huge, but until this year the victims are still suffering from different problems.