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OPS guarantees ongoing service with the authorized 2023 budget.

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The Senate’s approval of the Office of the Press Secretary’s (OPS) proposed PHP1.04 billion budget for 2023 was acknowledged on Saturday.

The OPS commended Congress in a Facebook post for working to guarantee that the proposed national budget for 2023 was passed quickly so that the Marcos administration could give the Filipino people greater services.

The message stated, “The entire OPS is grateful to the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Philippines for the unhindered service to the Filipino people. Nagpapasalamat ang buong OPS sa House of Representatives at Senate of the Philippines.”

The planned OPS budget was passed by the House of Representatives in September, and the Senate concurred on Thursday.

Among those present for the discussions on the proposed budget were OPS Undersecretaries Maria Pedroche, Eugene Henry Rodriguez, Edwin Cordevilla, Rowena Reformina, and Marlon Purificacion.

“Several OPS officials attended the hearing and personally thanked the senators, especially Senator JV Ejercito, who is the major sponsor of the OPS’ proposed budget,” the OPS stated. “Dumalo sa naturang hearing ang mga opisyal ng OPS at personal na nagpasalamat sa mga senador,” the OPS added.

The OPS proper will receive a total authorization of PHP623.196 billion under the 2023 spending plan, which is more than half of the suggested budget.

The connected organizations and businesses of the OPS, such as the APO Production Unit, Bureau of Broadcast Services, Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC), National Printing Office, News and Information Bureau, and People’s Television Network, will get about PHP623.196 billion.

The Senate’s ratification of the proposed PHP619.53 million budget for IBC thrilled the OPS.

The Department of Budget Management had previously given the station no funding, and the staff members worried about its closure or privatization.

Ejercito defended the budget by stating that the P490 million in unpaid retiree retirement benefits from 2009 to 2023 was a persistent issue that had been ignored throughout the years.

Hexilon Alvarez, president of IBC, stated in a September radio interview that they are unable to fulfill the financial obligations made to their employees and retirees under their collective bargaining agreement because of “outstanding liabilities” to them.

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. signed Executive Order (EO) 2 on June 30 reestablishing the Office of Public Information (OPS), which now has the responsibility of serving as the administration’s chief communications agency and ensuring the efficient delivery and dissemination of information about the executive branch’s initiatives, policies, programs, and accomplishments.

By the third week of November, the Senate hopes to have passed the 2023 General Appropriations Bill.

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