No room for fancy hotels in VP Leni’s budget

  • The Office of the Vice President has decreased their travel budget by 38%
  • Vice President Leni Robredo said they will ensure to travel with a lean staff and just check in at cheap hotels
  • The total budget proposal of the office is also 14% lower than the 2016 approved budget

Vice President Leni Robredo has requested a lower budget for her office for next year compared to their working funds this year. The reason? Less expenses for traveling.

For next year, the Office of the Vice President has requested P428.367 million. This amount is lower by 14.48% compared to their working budget for this year.

During the Senate budget hearing on Wednesday, Robredo said that they have also slashed the allocation for travel expenses by 38%

Senator Loren Legarda, who heads the Committee on Finance, asked Robredo if this would not limit her to visit local areas since her office has been geared towards pushing for more advocacy.

Robredo said that the office has decided to be more frugal when traveling.

“Not really, Madam chair. We’ve agreed already that when I travel on provincial trips, we’d be traveling with a very lean staff,” she was quoted by Inquirer.

“And I instructed the office also that we won’t occupy the best hotels. I just told them that my requirement is that the hotel is clean. Wherever the staff will stay, that’s where I will stay so there’s really no need for a very big travel budget,” she added.

The Vice President also noted that their office need not have a big budget since they saved so much by transferring to the Quezon City Reception House from the Coconut Palace.

“Now, were paying at least P200,000 a month when we transferred from the Coconut Palace to the Quezon City Reception House so that would take out a big chunk from our budget,” she said.

During former Vice President Jejomar Binay’s time, the office was situated in the Coconut Palace in Pasay City, which is leased to them for P500,000 a month.