Vice President Leni Robredo has no problem about staying in hotels with less than a five- or four-star rating whenever she travels around the country on official trips.
Robredo assured senators Wednesday (Sept. 7) that she can still pursue her advocacies despite the 38-percent cut in the Office of Vice President’s t(OVP) ravel budget for 2017, from this year’s P59.740 million to P37.270 million.
During Senate hearings on the OVP’s proposed budget for next year, Robredo said she and her staff already agreed that she will be traveling with “a very lean staff” whenever she goes to provinces.
“And I instructed the office also that we won’t occupy the best hotels. I just told them that my requirement is that the hotel is clean. Wherever the staff will stay, that’s where I will stay so there’s really no need for a very big travel budget,” she said.
When Senator Loren Legarda asked Robredo if she can “live with” the reduction in her budget, the Vice President answered in the affirmative.
The Department of Budget and Management has earmarked P428.6 million for the OVP for 2017, 14 percent lower than the P500 million allotted to former Vice President Jejomar Binay got in his last year in office. source