In the course of Philippine political history, there was an instance that a Vice-President testified in a house of Congress. In 2009, Vice-President Noli de Castro testified in a Senate Committee on economic affairs regarding the issue of controversial infomercials made by cabinet officials.
In the case on countries aside from the US, there are instances when a sitting president/vice-president had testified before their respective congressional hearings/courts in order to answer allegations against their wrongdoings.
The National Food Authority’s (NFA) Proposed Budget is Php 4.250 B that covers the stabilization of supply and prices through procurement and distribution, decoupling regulatory and proprietary functions and fixed costs reduction.
The Armed Forces Modernization Program will have a shortfall of P20.8 billion both in 2014 and 2015. According to PL Magdalo Rep. Ashley Acedillo, the AFP requested for a budget of P24 billion for 2014 and P26.8 billion for 2015 for the said program but both amounts were not approved by the Department of Budget and Management, saying that the government has other priorities to give funding support to.
As to the problem with port congestion, DTI boasts that the country’s exports grew by 8.4% as of the last seven months of 2014. Also, because of the continued rise in investment approvals of BOI-PEZA, investment grew by 50% within three years—from P506 Billion in 2010 to P742 Billion in 2013.
Around 4,500 containers are released per day but the same number is also being brought in resulting to a 5,000 pile-up a week. There is a total backlog of 20,000 containers at the ports and a total of 80,000 containers occupying the Manila ports alone.