Senate OKs DAF and ARMM 2018 budget in record time

BANGSAMORO NEWS UPDATES  • Thu Oct 12, 2017 06:55 AM  •  100   0
By Edwin Fernandez and BPI-ARMM
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ARMM Gov Mujiv Hataman stresses a point during Senate budget hearing for ARMM. (BPI)
ARMM Gov Mujiv Hataman stresses a point during Senate budget hearing for ARMM. (BPI)
The P33.569 billion budget for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) for 2018 was approved by the Senate without much discussion and in less than a minute Wednesday, ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman today said.

The Senate also approved in less the 10 minutes the proposed P60.9 billion budget for the Department of Agricutlure and Fisheries, according to Sec. Emmanuel Pinol.

Pinol said Senator Cynthia Villar, chair of the Committee On Agriculture, did not even read the details of the 2018 Proposed Budget.

"All that she read was a short message which I wrote for her to apologize that I had to leave the Senate Halls before the Plenary Hearing because I was not feeling well, having just checked out of the hospital for pneumonia," Pinol said.

"I actually did not expect her to read it but I guess it resulted positively gaining unexpected sympathy," Pinol added.

"By the time the DAF Budget passed the Senate Plenary at past 9 p.m. Tuesday, I was already in Davao City on my way to my farm in Cotabato for a week-long "farm rest" as recommended by the doctors.

The P60.9-B budget is way low than the original proposal of P220-B which DAF submitted earlier this year.

Photo below shows Sec. Pinol in one of his "Biyaheng Bukid" speaking engagement.
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Meanwhile, Hataman said senators present during the Senate plenary hearing did not raise any questions which made the budget approval quick.

"No discussion took place between the ARMM executives and the senators," he said in a statement.

Hataman said the speedy approval of ARMM budget is a manifestation of the Senate's trust in his administration.

"Sa senate finance subcommittee hearing pa lang, we received positive feed backs na from our lawmakers. And this speedy approval in Senate means they trust our administration," Hataman said.

The Senate finance subcommittee endorsed the budget proposal on September 18.

The budget also had a swift approval at the House of Representatives after it received support from the majority on September 12.

About P14.661 billion, or 43.8% of the total budget is allocated for personnel service. Another P14.042 billion, or 41.96%, is allocated for capital outlay, and the remaining P4.766 billion, or 14.24%, is for maintenance and other operating expenses.

Hataman added the budget was formulated based on many considerations that include the ARMM Regional Development Plan, 2017-2022, which was anchored on the Philippine Development Plan, 2017-2022.

The Hataman administration's two banner programs will serve more target families and barangays in 2018.

Since it started, the ARMM's Bangsamoro Regional Inclusive Development for Growth and Equity (BRIDGE) has provided shelter, electricity, water and food provision for 5,600 less privileged families across the region. 7,000 more families will benefit from the program in 2018.

The second program, ARMM-Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Security, and Synergy (ARMM-HELPS), aims at establishing a peaceful and secure environment in the region by providing basic social services especially in relation to health, education, livelihood, good governance and peace in barangays.

Since 2014, there were 403 barangays that established their barangay peace center, health centers, water facilities, daycare centers and livelihood centers and even housing projects. In 2018, the region sets to put up these infrastructures to 150 barangays regionwide. 
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