With P2b to spend, Digong sets travel plans

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is expected to do much traveling to and from Davao City next year as his travel expense has been increased to P2.12 billion next year from P312 million this year.

He is also expected to mount a much greater intelligence work as his intelligence fund allocation has been increased to P1.25 billion next year from P250 million this year. 

PRESIDENTIAL PASSPORT. President Rodrigo Duterte has his passport taken at the mobile registration booth set up by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Malacanang.  
Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman of the opposition questioned the 10-fold increase in the budget of the Office of the President, or from P2 billion this year to P20 billion next year.

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said P15 billion of the P20 billion was allocated for the Philippines’ hosting of the 50th Asean Summit next year.

“We took P15 billion for the Asean’s golden anniversary. P15 billion is not unreasonable considering [next year will be the Asean’s] 50th   anniversary,” Diokno said. 

Under next year’s budget, some P11.07 billion will be allocated to the Office of the President, the Department of Tourism will get P749 million, the Presidential Communications Operations Office will get P1.4 billion, the Department of Trade will get P177 million, and the Interior Department will get P2 billion.

The President’s representation allowance was also increased to P7.5 billion in 2017 from P139 million this year. 

Topics: President Rody Duterte , travel expense , budget , 50th Asean Summit
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