THE proposed budget for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) suffered a hefty slash in the House deliberation.
From the proposed P40.5 billion, the approved budget for the ARMM was reduced to P32.2 billion or a 20.5 percent cut.
Around 60 percent of the proposed budget for the region will go to development projects to reduce poverty.
The House of Representatives has already sent to the Senate its approved version of the proposed national budget for 2017, amounting to P3.35 trillion.
Once the Senate approves the budget bill, the bicameral conference committee will work to harmonize their respective versions before submitting the final measure for President Rodrigo Duterte to sign before the year ends.
The P3.35 trillion, which is 11 percent higher than this year allocation, is the first budget of the Duterte administration.
Aside from the ARMM, the budget of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) was also cut by the House of Representatives.
On the other hand, other agencies, including the Department of Public Works and Highways and Congress, had their allocations increased.
Agencies with reduced budget are: DoLe, from P13.2 billion to P11.2 billion; Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), from P28.6 billion to P27.6 billion; Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), from P148.7 billion to P145.9 billion; Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), P129.8 billion to P128 billion; Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), from P4.7 billion to P4.6 billion Department of Agriculture (DA), from P44.56 billion to P44.52 billion; Other Executive Offices, from P36 billion to P34 billion; National Risk Reduction and Management Fund (Calamity Fund), from P37.2 billion to P36.2 billion/
The offices and departments with increased budget are: Congress of the Philippines, from P13.6 billion to P14.6 billion; State Universities and Colleges, from P56 billion to P57.4 billion; Department of Health (DoH), from P91.9 billion to P94.8 billion; DPWH, from P445.6 billion to P454.2 billion; Department of Tourism (DoT), from P2.45 billion to P2.52 billion; Presidential Communications Operations Office, from P1.2 billion to P1.32 billion; and Judiciary, from P31.624 billion to P31.642 billion.
The budget for the Special Purpose Funds also increased from P547.6 billion to P551.5 billion.