CSC-proposed 2018 budget approved in 10 minutes

Members of the House committee on appropriations on Tuesday approved the Civil Service Commission (CSC) proposed budget of P1.5 billion for next year after only 10 minutes of discussion.

In a hearing presided by committee vice chairman Rep. Raul del Mar (1st District, Cebu City), the committee unanimously approved to terminate the hearing on the 2018 budget proposal of the CSC without further questioning the agency's officials.

I think all of us here are very supportive of your budget and we have decided, we will spare you from further questioning. So I move to terminate the budget hearing for the Civil Service Commission, said Rep. Celso Lobregat (1st District, Zamboanga City), also a vice chairman of the appropriations committee.

Lobregat's motion was duly seconded by Rep. Raul Daza (1st District, Nothern Samar).

The CSC proposed a budget of P1.910 billion, but the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) approved only P1.505 billion which is slightly higher than this year's budget of P1.416 billion.

Of the P1.505 billion budget for next year, 77.1 percent or P1.161 billion shall be allotted for personnel services, 17 percent or P260.249 million for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE), and 5.6 percent or P83.894 million for capital outlay.

Among the CSC programs and sub-programs for 2018 are: civil service human resource policy and information management sub-program; civil service human resource governance program; civil service professionalization and workplace cooperation program; and administrative justice program.

Under Administrative Code of 1987 (EO 292), the CSC is constitutionally mandated to promote morale, efficiency, integrity, responsiveness, progressiveness, and courtesy in the civil service.

Source: House of Representatives

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