CAMSUR SOLON DECRIES BUDGET CUTS IN BUILD, BUILD, BUILD PROJECTS
Camarines Sur Representative LRay Villafuerte on Friday decried the P386-million budget cut for infrastructure project in his province under the House-approved version of the proposed P4.5-trillion budget for 2021.
In a statement confirming Senator Panfilo Lacson’s claim that lawmakers associated with former Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano received budget cuts, Villafuerte said the cut covered the following projects:
P182 million budget for the CamSur Expressway, a 15-kilometer, four-lane road with waterways, bike lanes and sidewalks that will serve as an alternate route for motorists going to the eastern and southern municipalities and of those going to Sorsogon and Albay provinces
P124 million for the CamSur-Albay Diversion Road, a 61.90-km road project that will decongest the main road from the province to Albay and
P80 million for the Pasacao-Balatan Tourism Highway, a 40.69-km, four-lane coastal road along the province’s west coast that will serve as an access road to tourism sites
Villafuerte said all these projects are under the Duterte administration’s Build, Build, Build program and have been approved by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) board.
Villafuerte also urged the Senate which passed its version of the proposed national budget for 2021 on third and final reading on Thursday, to “keep tabs on the actual allocations of all congressional districts” during the bicameral conference committee meetings.
Villafuerte issued the statement after Lacson said the House-approved version of the proposed P4.5 trillion national budget for 2021 featured noticeably higher allocations for districts of lawmakers allied with Speaker Lord Allan Velasco.