House panel: Government officials traveling on business can’t survive on P800 per day

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The House of Representatives committee on appropriations has approved House Resolution 243 urging President Rodrigo Duterte to issue an executive order increasing the daily local travel allowance of government officials and personnel on official business from P800 per day to P2,000 per day.

Members of the committee chaired by Davao City first-district Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles agreed that the current rate is “no longer attuned to the times.”

ABS partylist Rep. Eugene Michael de Vera, author of resolution, said the proposed executive order would amend EO 248 dated May 29, 1995, EO 248-A dated Aug. 14, 1995 and EO 298 dated March 23, 2004 which prescribed the allocation of P800 per day for the travel expenses of government officials and personnel, regardless of rank and destination.

“The last adjustment was made in 2004, it has been 13 years since then. We all know that prices have increased,” he said.

De Vera, a deputy minority leader, said government personnel would find it difficult to survive on their travel allowance when assigned to different places for official business

“Wala silang pera para dun, ang mahal na ng lodging, pagkain P240 ang allowance, bale P80 per meal. And then P400 for accommodation, wala na pong ganun. I think P2,000 is fair enough although maliit pa rin, tapos pag nadagdagan yan mas maganda,” he said.