Lacson proposed budget cuts to fund education, connectivity

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Senator and presidential aspirant Panfilo “Ping” Lacson has made public his proposed institutional amendments to the 2022 budget bill, seeking to slash appropriations and to ensure enough funding for priority programs, activities and projects.

Lacson, who is running for President under Partido Reporma, proposed reducing funds for farm-to-market roads and right-of-way payments to fund key programs on education, connectivity, anti-cybercrime and defense needs for the coming year.

In the list of institutional amendments submitted to the Senate Finance Committee under Sen. Edgardo Angara, Lacson proposed slashes to the appropriations of Department of Agriculture, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and Department of Public Works and Highways.

Lacson and his running mate, vice presidential candidate Senate President Tito Sotto plan to focus on Budget Reform Advocacy for Village Empowerment (BRAVE) if elected to the top national posts in 2022. — PR