THE House of Representatives has allocated a P1.9-billion budget in the two districts in Cebu City in the proposed 2021 national budget.
However, Cebu City South District Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa questioned the amount for infrastructure projects, saying it is small compared to the city’s contribution to the national coffers.
In the proposed 2021 national budget, the north district will get P992,436,000, while the south district will get P912,787,000.
Abellanosa said the budget allocated for each district is supposed to increase each year. However, the allocated budget for Cebu City is almost the same as in the 2020 budget.
“While Speaker (Alan) Cayetano and his close allies are wallowing in tens of billions of DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) allocations for their districts, the two districts of Cebu City, which contributed substantially to the national coffers, are afforded only a measly fraction of a billion each. This is a big insult and affront to the people of Cebu City,” said Abellanosa.
“Actually, it should have grown proportionately with the budget because every year, the budget is growing and the budget for DPWH is always growing and the budget of these other congressmen, especially the speaker and his allies, are ballooning to a very, murag (like) 500 times sa ilang (from their) budget before,” he said.
For now, Abellanosa said, he just wants Cayetano to be replaced.
“Our action is really to have the speaker replaced because he does not stand for us. He only stands for his own leaders, his deputy speakers,” he said.
He said there are still questions on the budget allocations, but these have not been addressed. The speaker decided to railroad the budget, “compose a group of his friends to amend it and suspend session to have an early break and to hold on to power,” he said.
The budget bill, House Bill 7727, was approved on second reading on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, after Cayetano moved to terminate plenary debates.
The House then declared a break more than a week ahead of its approved schedule.
A committee led by Majority Leader Martin Romualdez will deliberate on proposed committee and individual amendments to the bill until Nov. 5. The same committee may then terminate the period of amendments.
The House will resume session at 3 p.m. on Nov. 16.(JJL)