11 January 2016
Naglolokohan tayo dito!
Rejoinder on the P1-B cut in the RH budget
Statement of Senator Pia S. Cayetano
Principal Sponsor, Reproductive health Act
After looking into relevant documents, our office confirms the P1-billion cut in the DOH’s procurement of commodities under family health and responsible parenting. This was not the third reading version we passed in the Senate, and neither was this major cut on reproductive health, which is a very important part of health care, revealed to us when we voted on the bicameral report.
What was reflected in the bicam report that we approved was a P1-billion cut in the special provision on ‘purchase and allocation of drugs, medicines and vaccines.’ There was no mention of any cuts in the line item budget for family planning.
But in the final version that is reflected now in the GAA, there is a line item for family planning that shows a P1 billion reduction. This was never reported to us.
Thus, Sen. Loren Legarda’s claim that senators were informed of the amendments prior to our vote on the bicameral conference committee report on December 14, 2015 has no basis. The details of this P1 billion cut were only made known following President Aquino’s signing of the General Appropriations Act on December 28, 2015. This was after the DOH discovered the reduction and exposed it.
Naglolokohan tayo dito when our finance committee headed by Senator Loren Legarda can submit a bicam report to senators that do not show the significant changes made. That is unethical and unacceptable. #
“Naglolokohan tayo dito when our finance committee headed by Senator Loren Legarda can submit a bicam report to senators that do not show the significant changes made. That is unethical and unacceptable.”