Palace confident judiciary can survive budget cut
Manila (8 September) -- Despite cuts in the judiciary's 2011 budget, Malacaņang expressed confidence that it will continue to perform its duties and responsibilities "to the utmost level."
In a press conference, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma said the judiciary would still be able to dispense its mandate because the budget to pay off its operating expenses (MOOE) has remained pegged at this year's levels while the non-recurring capital outlays or expenses and equipment that have been acquired prior to this fiscal year will be lower for the next.
Coloma was reacting to questions on how a co-equal branch of government could function properly after its proposed P27.1-billion budget for next year was slashed by almost half to P14.3-billion.
Members of the judiciary, according to reports was concerned on how to pay the salaries of their personnel.
"According to Director (Tina) Canda of the Department of Budget and Management, there was already an advanced implementation of the Salary Standardization Law specifically in the case of judges," Coloma said.
"It's just that they (members of the judiciary) are requesting additional amounts for 2011 because the DBM is also currently implementing tranches of the Salary Standardization Law for the rest of the bureaucracy," he added.
Coloma pointed out that the judicial branch of government has "other sources of revenue?such as filing fees, docket fees and other transaction fees that got to the coffers of the judiciary which they can use to augment their available resources."
He said that due to time restraints, the Aquino administration was not able to properly prepare the 2011 budget.
"We also have to take into consideration that this administration had little time to prepare for the 2011 budget considering that the deadline for submission was less than two months in the life of this administration," he said. (rck/2:45p.m) [top]