THE Senate Committee on Finance will be trimming down the monitoring and evaluation budgets of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for being excessive and realign them for other purposes that have direct impact on the public.
During their review of 2015 budget proposals of various government agencies, Sen. Francis Escudero, committee chairman, over the weekend said they found that DILG and the DSWD have the biggest allotments for monitoring and evaluating their programs compared to those of other agencies.
He added that the allocations of the two agencies exceeded the best practices for monitoring expenses in any part of the world and in any department that are only between five and eight percent.
Escudero cited the case of the DILG of Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd that earmarked a total of P840 million for monitoring and evaluating its program under grassroots participatory budgeting process or the GPBP amounting to P5.7 billion.
He said he finds the P840 million too big since it is more than 10 percent of the total program allocation.
“I see it as a lost fiscal space. This amount can be put to better use. We can reduce it and add the amount to major programs,” Escudero noted in an interview aired over radio dzBB on Sunday.
As for the DSWD, he said the P4.2 billion to implement, monitor and evaluate its project under the conditional cash transfer program is too steep aside from being redundant.