Office of the Vice President budget approved in under 2 minutes

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) — The Vice President's budget was approved Tuesday by lawmakers in less than two minutes.

The House Committee on Appropriations had no questions for Vice President Leni Robredo and her staff at the budget hearing.

Budgets for the Office of the Vice President and the Office of the President are usually approved in just a few minutes during annual deliberations.

The OVP requested for P443.9 million in 2018, an increase of 3.58 percent from 2017.

Robredo said this was due to an increase in the "personnel services and capital outlay," as vacant positions in 2016 were filled up in 2017.

She said "Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses" (MOOE) got a huge cut, particularly travel expenses which were set at P29.9 million in 2018, down from P37.27 million in 2017.

"Dumagdag sa capital outlay saka personnel services. Pagpasok ko kasi, may mga positions na dati na created pero hindi filled up. Finill up-an na namin yun. Malaki 'yung savings namin, malaki binawas ng MOOE pero nabawi ng personnel services and capital outlay," Robredo said.

[Translation: There was an increase in the capital outlay and personnel services. When I took office, there were positions that were created but were not filled up. We filled it up. We had a lot of savings, a lot was cut off from the MOOE but it was made up in the personnel services and capital outlay.]

Robredo thanked lawmakers for the swift approval.

"We took it as a sign na malaki naman tiwala ng Committee on Appropriations sa opisina ng pangalawang pangulo," she said.

[Translation: We took it as a sign that the Committee on Appropriations places trust in the Office of the Vice President.]

P3.767-trillion (US$75 billion) is the proposed national budget for 2018.