COA, Comelec, CHR to get smaller budgets

MANILA, Philippines—Three independent agencies in the bureaucracy will have a smaller share in the 2009 national budget after the Senate slashed their appropriations.

The biggest casualty is the Commission on Audit (COA), whose budget was reduced by P100 million. The appropriation for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) was reduced by P39.8 million, while that of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) was cut by P1 million.

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