UNDER the leadership of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) reaffirmed its commitment to sustain swift budget disbursement, following the approval of the Senate plenary on the agency's budget for 2022.

Led by Sen. Grace Poe, the Senate Committee on Public Services presented its counter budget for the DoTr during the deliberations on November 22.

"While the proposed budget for next year is lower than what the DoTr has outlined in previous presentations and coordinations, we nevertheless commit to the fulfillment of its mandate in the remaining term of office with whatever approved budget will be made available," DoTr Undersecretary for Finance Giovanni Lopez said.

On the matter of faster budget disbursement, the DoTr was most proud to inform the Senate that the DoTr was one of five line agencies that had been cited by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for accelerated budget utilization in the first nine months of 2021.

The said DBM report published widely noted: "To cover the cash requirements of agencies' programs, operations and projects, the DBM issues NCAs (notices of cash allocations) to government-servicing institutions such as the Development Bank of the Philippines, Land Bank of the Philippines and Philippine Veterans Bank. NCAs are valid until the end of the quarter in which they were issued."