House panel approves proposed 2018 CSC budget in 10 minutes

MANILA-- The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved the PHP1.5 billion proposed budget of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for next year without the usual questioning from lawmakers.

During the hearing presided by committee vice chairman Cebu City Rep. Raul del Mar, lawmakers unanimously approved to terminate the hearing on the CSC budget without further questioning the agency's officials.

The move to terminate the proceedings was initiated by Zamboanga City Rep. Celso Lobregat after the presentation of the budget proposal by CSC officials.

I think all of us here are very supportive of your budget and we have decided, we will spare you from further questioning. So I move to terminate the budget hearing for the Civil Service Commission, Lobregat, who is also a vice chairperson of the Appropriations Committee, said.

The move was seconded by Norther Samar Rep. Raul Daza.

The proceedings just took about 10 minutes.

The CSC proposed a budget of PHP1.910 billion, but the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) approved only PHP1.505 billion, which is slightly higher than year's budget of PHP1.416 billion.

Of the proposed budget, 77.1 percent or PHP1.161 billion is allotted for personnel services, 17 percent or PHP260.249 million for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE), and 5.6 percent or PHP83.894 million for capital outlay.

Meanwhile, among the CSC programs and sub-programs planned for 2018 include civil service human resource policy and information management sub-program; civil service human resource governance program; civil service professionalization and workplace cooperation program; and administrative justice program.

Under Administrative Code of 1987 (EO 292), the CSC is constitutionally mandated to promote morale, efficiency, integrity, responsiveness, progressiveness, and courtesy in the civil service.

Source: Philippine News Agency