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House panel OKs increase in gov’t travel allowance

  • Written by Jester P. Manalastas
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A House panel has approved a resolution increasing the local travel allowance of government officials
and personnel.

In approving House Resolution 243, the  House Committee on Appropriations chaired by Rep.
Karlo Alexei Nograles is urging President Rodrigo Duterte to issue an executive order increasing the
daily local travel allowance of government officials and personnel on official business.
    
ABS party-list Rep. Rep. Eugene Michael de Vera author of the resolution, said the present
P800 allowance is no longer attuned to the times.
     
De Vera said an Executive Order will amend  EO 248 dated May 29, 1995, EO 248-A dated Aug. 14,
1995 and EO 298 dated March 23, 2004 which prescribed the allocation of P800 per day for the travel
expenses of government officials and personnel, regardless of rank and destination.
 
“The last adjustment was made in 2004, it has been 13 years since then. We all know that
prices have increased. By having this resolution, probably the President will listen to us in order
that our poor government employees assigned officially to different destinations within the country
would have enough money to use in their respective assignments,” De Vera said.
 
De Vera pointed out that the government personnel find it difficult when they are assigned to
different places for official business because of their insufficient travel allowance.
    
“Wala silang pera para doon, ang mahal na ng lodging, pagkain P240 ang allowance, bale P80 per
meal. And then P400 for accommodation, wala na pong ganoon. I think P2,000 is fair enough although
maliit pa rin, tapos pag nadagdagan yan mas maganda,” he said.
    
Prices since 2004 have changed, and the real value of the amount of travel expenses worth
P800, 13 years ago, is not the same as it is today.
    
Hence, De Vera said, there is a need to restructure the system of allocating allowances by
implementing a periodic increase, following the recent adjustments in the value of the Philippine
peso.
     
De Vera said the breakdown of the P2,000 daily travel allowance shall be: hotel/lodging,
P1,000; meals, P600; and incidental expenses, P400.
     
A representative of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said the DBM recognized the
intention of said resolution to adjust travel allowance rates for authorized local travels of
government officials and employees.
     
The DBM is currently studying, in coordination with agencies concerned, the possible
adjustments on existing allowances and expenses for local and foreign travels of government personnel,
according to the DBM representative.
 
Nograles said the good news is that the DBM is amenable to increasing the daily travel expense
of government officials and personnel on official business.