House Facelift to Cost Taxpayers P1 Billion; Fund Source a Puzzle


by TITA C. VALDERAMA – The massive renovation project at the House of Representatives in time for the eighth state of the nation address (SONA) of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was initially estimated to cost P200 million. But the PCIJ discovered that the prettified House will actually cost taxpayers some P1 billion.

THE 14TH Congress will open its second regular session on Monday with a spit-polished image, amid massive renovation efforts for the Marcos-era Batasang Pambansa building, home to the House of Representatives.

Largely cosmetic, the frenzied makeover has secured an initial funding of P200 million from President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, but once completed will cost taxpayers almost a billion pesos.

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