No Budget for Dredging Activities in the Philippines

The Philippines Bicameral Conference Committee, working on the disagreeing provisions of the 2019 General Appropriations Bill, has adopted the motion of Senator Panfilo Lacson to scrap the budget for dredging activities.

In an unprecedented move, this year’s national budget has zero budget for dredging activities, which Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon, described as “a rich source of corruption“.

Contracts with contractors for dredging activities will not be funded. The reason is: dredging contracts with private contractors are the biggest sources of corruption, and the preferred insertions in the budget by legislators. Billions are allocated for dredging,” Drilon said.

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