The Department of Transportation and Communications is seeking a P32.7-billion budget for 2013 to enhance the performance of key industries with safe, reliable and affordable mode of transport, a government press release said.
During its budget hearing before the House Committee on Appropriations, DOTC Secretary Mar Roxas said the budget is meant to reduce poverty and promote growth in the country by improving the performance of tourism, agriculture, and industries through the provision of better access to goods and services.
The 2013 budget the DOTC is proposing is about 5 percent lower than the P34.5 billion department budget last year.
Roxas said DOTC intends to use the proposed budget to develop a seamless and integrated transportation network to encourage more people to shift to mass transportation.
“The department also aims to improve the mobility of people and goods to get them to their destination safer, more comfortably and at an affordable cost,” he said.
The department also aims to eliminate discretion and arbitrariness in all its regulatory functions and pursue the use of alternative fuels in transportation to lessen the country's dependency on conventional fuels. It will also support the Philippine Tourism Development Plan, the press release said.
The bulk of the proposed budget, about P31.1 billion will go to projects and programs, where the DOTC is proposing an allotment of P22.6 billion and P8.5 billion, respectively, the press release also said.
The DOTC also reported an increase in income for the first semester of 2012 amounting to P1.2 billion, which is higher than the P1billion income a year ago.
Members of the Committee on Appropriations, chaired by Cavite Rep. Joseph Emilio A. Abaya, and other members of the House who joined the deliberations, have expressed support for the proposed DOTC budget, the press release said.*