The proposed P42 billion proposed budget for the newly- created Negros Island
“My understanding is that President Duterte wants to hold it in abeyance”, Benitez said.
This is despite intense lobbying by top Negros island officials for the inclusion of the budget in the proposed 2017 national budget.
However, Benitez said that “all is not lost yet.”
He said that there is still a budget allocated for each congressional district of NIR.
The lobby for regular budgets for infrastructure projects and programs for every congressional district is still there, he pointed out.