DOTC seeks P32.747 B budget for 2013

THE Department of Transportation and Communications is seeking a P32.747 billion budget for 2013.

DOTC Secretary Mar Roxas told the House Appropriations Committee chaired by Cavite Rep. Joseph Emilio Abaya that the proposed budget of P32.747 billion is 5% lower than its current budget of P34.571 billion.

The difference is reportedly due to the reduction in the agency’s Capital Outlay for its proposed 2013 projects from the current P20.384-billion to P16.409-billion 2013 proposal.

The proposed budget will be used for the construction/repair/rehabilitation of lighthouses nationwide of the Philippine coast guard’s. The DOTC allocation under the Priority Social and Economic Projects Fund is P3B.

Roxas said that for 2013, locally-funded projects would total P14.407-billion which include the P5.116-billion subsidy for mass transit (MRT 3), the P2.575-billion Project Development Funds for Public-Private Partnership Transport Infrastructure Projects, and the P2-billion LRT Line 2 East Extension (to Masinag).

The other locally funded projects include: 1) Bicol International Airport Development Project (P400-million); 2) Airports and Navigational Facilities worth P654.371-million; 3) Ports and Lighthouses for P217.5-million; 4) DOTC Road transport IT
Infrastructure Project (P1.3-billion); 5) MRT 3 Operation and Maintenance (EDSA LRT III) worth P1.114-billion; 6) Transport Studies Fund worth P1-billion; and 7) DOTC – Executive Management Information systems worth P30-million.

The DOTC foreign-assisted projects would total P7.879-billion, and these include the following: 1) LRT Line 1 Cavite Extension (P3.272-billion); 2) Multi-Role Response Vessel Acquisition Project (P1.5-billion); 3) Maritime Disaster Response Helicopter Acquisition Project for P465.9-million; 4) Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System for Cebu City for P975-million); 5) New Bohol (Panglao) Airport Development Project worth P867.1-million; and the 6) Puerto Princesa Airport Development Project at P798.8-million.

According to DOTC USec for Planning Atty. Rene Limcaoco, the consolidated 2011 actual income collected by the agency and its offices were remitted to the National Treasury in the amount of P15.4-billion.

“We have exceeded our 2011 target by 2%.  For 2012, our target is P15.9 billion and as of the 1st semester, we have already collected P9.3-billion.  For 2013, our target is P16.5 billion or 4% more than our projected income this year,” Limcaoco revealed.

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