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Jaime Fabregas compares OVP budget to Manila Bay dolomite expenditures

Critics pointed out the wrong priorities of the government in this time of the pandemic.

Veteran actor Jaime Fabregas can’t help but notice the disparity between the Office of Vice President’s budget and the controversial Manila Bay dolomite beach expenditures.

In a tweet, the FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano actor compared how the OVP’s annual budget almost matches the budget of the controversial dolomite beach in Manila Bay.

“Ang 300M pala na ginastos sa dolomite sand sa Manila Bay ay halos kalahati ng kabuuang budget ng Office of the Vice President para 2021. Ang pera na nasa pangangalaga ng OVP ay maraming natutulungan. Sino kayang natulungan ng dolomite?”

The DENR and the Manila LGU have been under fire for spending 368 million pesos for the 500 meter stretch of artificial white sand from crushed dolomite mined from the mountains of Cebu.

Critics pointed out the wrong priorities of the government in this time of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Office of the Vice President which has been consistent in creating programs to address the COVID-19 pandemic has been given a meager budget by the government.

During the budget deliberation in Congress, the OVP requested a budget of 720 million but lawmakers found out that Malacanang has only allocated 679 million for VP Leni Robredo’s office.

According to Camarines Sur 3rd District Rep. Gabriel Bordado, the OVP’s small budget was unacceptable given the work that the OVP has done to help the country in addressing the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.

“But ironically, the Office of the Vice President has I think the lowest budgetary allocation in the entire Philippine bureaucracy. It has been engaging in frontline activities against COVID-19. It has also launched livelihood, education, people empowerment, and other projects throughout the country, but its budget is still the smallest in the entire bureaucracy,”

Meanwhile, several netizens shared the observation of Fabregas slamming government’s misplaces priorities.


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