September 4, 2015
Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (09209220817)
Solon asks DOLE to account for unexplained P832.2 M in its 2016 budget proposal
The Department of Labor and Employment cannot account for P832.295 million in its proposed budget for 2016.
At the House budget hearing on Thursday, ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio asked DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz to account for an P832.295 million discrepancy in her department’s 2016 budget proposal.
Tinio noted that, as presented in the budget submitted by Pres. Aquino for congressional approval, DOLE Region IV-B (MIMAROPA) would receive the highest allocation for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) among all regions, with a budget of P952.815 million. “This is highly improbable, considering that MIMAROPA is one of the smallest, least populated regions in the country. Yet DOLE is asking for a budget that’s nearly double that of the National Capital Region.” MIMAROPA is the region comprised of the island provinces of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan.
Tinio further noted that, according to the allocations for each program of the DOLE, MIMAROPA would only be receiving a total of P120.520 million. “Hence, there’s an unexplained discrepancy of 832.295 million in the DOLE budget proposal.”
Secretary Baldoz was not able to explain the discrepancy and asked the Committee on Appropriations for more time to submit an answer.
“DOLE needs to explain this significant discrepancy as soon as possible, preferably before the budget reaches the plenary,” said Tinio after the hearing. He noted that the amount unaccounted for represents 16% of the total MOOE of the agency. “If DOLE cannot explain, then their budget proposal has been padded significantly and obviously cannot be approved.” #