QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – Vice President Leni Robredo couldn’t be happier today after several lawmakers recommended that the 2021 budget of her office (OVP) be increased.
The OVP initially proposed a budget of P723.39 million, but the Department of Budget and Management recommended only P679.74 million for the office for 2021, a cut to the P708.02 million that it received in 2020.
But the lawmakers, Camarines Sur 3rd District Rep. Gabriel Bordado, Cagayan de Oro 2nd District Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and Kabataan party-list Rep. Sarah Elago lamented the fact that the proposed budget greatly undermines Robredo’s efforts to provide merienda (snacks) to the news media and other OVP guests who come to the Boracay Mansion, her official residence.
“In this time of the Covid-19 pandemic where the cost of food and other essentials has doubled if not tripled, we need to make sure that the OVP has sufficient funds to keep serving merienda. It’s a Filipino thing, and it’s the right thing to do,” Elago told The Adobo Chronicles.
When asked where the additional money will come from, Elago said it should be taken off the 2021 budget of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) since “they are not doing anything anyway.”