P16M travel budget ni PNoy sa APEC

TINATAYANG aabot sa P16.34 milyon ang magagastos ni Pangulong  Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III sa limang-araw na biyahe patungong Japan para dumalo sa 18th Economic Leaders’ Meeting ng Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

Ayon kay Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr., ang nasabing halaga ay para sa accommodation, transportation, pagkain at commercial airfares ng 51-miyembrong delegasyon na kasama ng Punong Ehekutibo sa Yokohama, Japan sa petsang Nob. 12-15.

Sinabi ni Ochoa na nakapag-adjust na aniya ang staff ng Malakanyang sa “penny-pinching ways” ni Pangulong Aquino.

“Everyone is conscious about the President’s desire to cut back on unnecessary expenses, so support staff are aware that they have to trim back their numbers to the barest minimum to perform their tasks during the trip,” ang pahayag ni Ochoa.

Sinabi ni Ochoa na Executive Secretary, other stringent measures are also uniformly applied to other government personnel who seek clearance to travel abroad.

“Only agency heads, for example, are allowed to use business class for commercial flights abroad –– and only on long-haul flights to destinations like the United States.For shorter flights, everyone has to fly economy,” ayon kay Ochoa. Kris Jose

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