Tulfo wants Congress to transfer ₱2B from DENR budget to Nat’l Children’s Hospital

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 23) — Senator Raffy Tulfo wants Congress to reduce the budget of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and other “underperforming government agencies” and transfer the funds to the National Children’s Hospital (NCH).

He made the call during his privilege speech on Monday and in a statement released on Tuesday.

During his privilege speech, Tulfo said the “lack of manpower, below industry-standard facilities, and outdated or lacking equipment” adversely affect patients.

Pagdating po sa period of amendments, I will request na bawasan po ang budget ng DENR na meron pong ₱12 billion ang Office of the Secretary, at ₱2 billion doon, aking pong ilalakad at ilalaban na mai-transfer sa Philippine National Children’s Hospital na mas nangangailangan ng tulong,” he said.

[Translation: During the period of amendments, I will request to reduce the budget of DENR, its Office of the Secretary has ₱12 billion. I will push for the transfer of ₱2 billion to the Philippine National Children’s Hospital, which needs the help more.]

Tulfo also called on the Department of Health and the Department of Budget and Management to visit the NCH to see the situation there.

He made his privilege speech in time for the National Children’s Month, which is celebrated every November in accordance with Republic Act No. 10661.