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?”
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?
— Jaime Fábregas (@fabre_jaime) September 20, 2020
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.
Ang natulungan ng Dolomite na yan ung mga ignoranteng DDS
— Wynn (@justcallmewynn2) September 21, 2020
Kayang gumastos ng mahigit 300 millions pesos pero para sa pagtulong sa mahihirap ay wala ng pera … sino ang natulungan ng Dolomite? Philhealth, Dito Tel, Health status ng presidente at yung mga SALN na ayaw ipakita dahil makikita kung sino ang may pinaka madaming nakinabang.
— E.A (@eallanfb21) September 20, 2020
If fund budget was 2019 and bidding done then,
why was delivery sa AUGUST 2020.
also if nourishment tawag doon why put lining before tinambak? was it really "nourishment" or reclamation – if so me authority? me pagaaral sa impact sa ecology?
— jun juna : voter (@junjuna15) September 20, 2020
What a disgusting disparity of judicious spending! There's no end to this administration's blatant misuse of the country's coffers.
— MarVel060720 (@vel060720) September 21, 2020
Si Yorme! Pogi points daw yun sa kanya para sa pagtakbo ng VP.
— Prof. Heist (@ProfHeist) September 20, 2020