ES Ochoa presents
OP budget for FY 2016 to Congress
September 10, 2015
MALACANANG, Manila –
Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. told the House of
Representatives on Thursday that the Office of the President (OP) was
increasing its spending plan for Fiscal Year 2016 by 10 percent due to
higher funding requirement for personnel services and capital outlays.
Appearing before the House
Committee on Appropriations, Ochoa presented the proposed P2.825
billion budget plan of the OP, up P258.0 million from the 2015
allocation of P2.567 billion.
Specifically, the proposed
funding for OP’s Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) is
higher by 2 percent, or P46.6 million, to P1.957 billion, from the
current year’s appropriation.
The provision for Capital
Outlay (CO), meanwhile, has been raised to P96.9 million, by 76.9
million, for 2016 to fund continuing improvements being undertaken
within the OP facilities.
The proposed budget for
Personnel Services (PS) is higher by 21 percent, or P134.67 million,
to P771.67 million, compared to the previous spending package, in
order to meet the actual salaries and other compensation benefits of
all OP personnel as of December 31, 2014, including retirement and
life insurance premiums.
When broken down to reflect
the output and activities of the office, 71 percent of the
P2.825-billion budget would be earmarked for operations, while 29
percent for general administration and support services, according to
The OP provides executive,
technical and management services, advisory services, legal services
and Presidential Executive Staff services to the President of the
country in the exercise of his functions as head of state, chief
executive and commander-in-chief.
Under Executive Order No.
292, the OP consists of the OP-Proper and bodies under the
chairmanship of the President, other executive offices, and
government-owned and -controlled corporations under it.
The OP-Proper includes the
Private Office, Executive Office, Common Staff Support System and the
Presidential Assistant/Advisers System.