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GMA wants DA budget raised by P20B to help lower inflation

Jan 21, 2019 @ 6:53
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House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Monday said she will push for the addition of P20 billion to the proposed P123.7-billion of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in 2019.

“The House had increased the budget of DA by P20 billion upon my instruction because I noticed that since my administration, the budget for DA had dropped significantly,” Arroyo said in a statement.

In a statement, Arroyo said she had asked the House small committee on appropriations to increase the budget of the DA by P20 billion to “help in further lowering inflation.”

She said with the impending passage of the 2019 budget by the Senate, she will instruct the House members of the bicameral committee to make sure that the P20 billion remain in the final budget.

“We have to make sure the increase in the DA budget is retained in the final budget because it will enable the DA to implement measures that will help farmers and increase production needed to control inflation,” Arroyo said.

She earlier pointed out that there is a correlation between the budget allotted a department to the growth in the particular sector it manages.

“As we were analyzing the budget, we realized that from six percent of the budget in my time, agriculture went down afterwards to 1.5 percent. No wonder we have shortage of food,” Arroyo said.

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