The House Committee of the Whole overturned the report of the Committee on Appropriations chaired by Davao City 1st District Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles and realigned the controversial P51.7 billion allegedly inserted by Nograles and ousted House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in the proposed 2019 General Appropriations Act.
In the initial budget report, the entire P51,792,022,000 was allocated for the Department of Public Works and Highways alone for various infrastructure projects in 15 regions.
Getting the lion share is Region 4B with P10.382 billion followed by Region5 with P9.198B. Third biggest share was Region11 with P5.397 billion.
In the recent Committee of the Whole report, the P51.792 billion was realigned to the following departments:
DepEd – P3 billion
DA – P5 billion
SUCs (state universities and colleges) – P1.2 billion
DOH – P6 billion
DPWH – P31.592 billion
NDRRMC – P5 billion