A HOUSE leader has confirmed that disagreeing provisions on the proposed 2018 national budget have
been resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives.
Chairman of the House committee on appropriations Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles said in
particular the P50.7 billion budget for the right of way project of the Department of Public Works and
Highways (DPWH) was restored.
Earlier, Sen. Panfilo Lacson questioned this item which belied the claim that lawmakers have
no more pork barrel.
“The good news is it has been broken. We came into an agreement that the budget cuts that were
done by the Senate particularly on DPWH will no longer push through based on our meetings so that will
not carry in the Bicameral Committee version,” Nograles said in the interview.
Nograles said the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and DPWH were able to explain very
well that these were part of the Build Build Build program of the Duterte administration.
“And doing those cuts, the P50.7 billion, the P50.8 billion cuts will really affect the
infrastructure program of the DPWH and the administration,” Nograles added.
The DPWH will be at the forefront of the P9 trillion infrastructure modernization program
spanning the next five years.
However, Nograles added that since the bicameral conference meeting is still ongoing, there is
a possibility that there will be a P4 billion cut to this item.