SEN. Grace Poe presided over the Finance Subcommittee K’s deliberation of the proposed 2024 budget of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and its attached agencies on Tuesday, September 12, 2023.
Citing the role of the DOTr in the country’s development, Poe noted the P108.3-billion increase in the budget of the agency — the highest among government agencies — under the 2024 National Expenditure Program.
The DOTr was allocated a P214.3-billion budget for next year. “Clearly hinged on this department is also the progress of the country…from the airports, seaports, land transportation, as well as security,” said Poe.
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Sec. Jaime Bautista who was present during Senate Finance Subcommittee K’s public hearing on the proposed budget of his agency under the 2024 National Expenditure Program .
Bautista presented the accomplishments of the DOTr this year.
It was revealed that a big chunk of the budget will focus on infrastructure development in support of President Marcos Jr.’s “Build Better More” initiative.
The Transportation Department’s projects include the North-South Commuter Railway System and the Metro Manila Subway Project Phase I under the Rail Transport Program, the Land Public Transportation Program, and the Aviation and Maritime Infrastructure Programs.