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Danilo Suarez expresses alarm over Duterte admin’s underspending

Sep 28, 2018 @ 20:31

Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez, in his Manila Standard column, expressed his alarm over the national government’s underspending in 2017.

The Quezon politiko said six government agencies’ underspending in 2017 amounted to P265.6 billion.

“The Department of Education and the Department of Public Works and Highways had the highest allocations, yet they also had the highest underspending. DepEd had P57.6-billion unused appropriations, while DPWH had P114.5-billion unused appropriations. Other big agencies with unused appropriations were the Department of Tourism (P30.8 billion), Department of National Defense (P23.5 billion), Department of Social Welfare and Development (P23 billion), and the Department of Health (P16.2 billion),” Suarez said.

He then compared this to annual average of underspending during former President Benigno Aquino’s term.

“From 2011 to 2016, our government had an estimated average of over P350-billion unused appropriations annually. This amount was initially appropriated but not spent by the government agencies due to delays and discontinuation of implementation of several projects and programs,” Suarez said.

“We must note that underspending in these agencies reflects poorly on the administration, who is supposed to be effecting urgent funding and implementation of much-needed government projects and programs,” he added.

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