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Aquino wipes out 10 departments
The 10 abolished offices were all under the Office of the President.
In a text message, Malaca?ang spokesman Edwin Lacierda on Thursday said that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) had recommended that a zero budget be given to the 10 offices, hence their abolition.
With a zero budget next year, the dismantling of the 10 offices takes effect in 2011.
Meanwhile, eight offices under the Office of the President were retained.
The elimination of the 10 offices was a cost-cutting measure adopted by the Office of the President and would save the government P304.62 million.
Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa said that the Office of the President was cutting back its proposed budget for 2011 by 4.3 percent to P4.075 billion.
This slash, he added, was in line with President Aquino's efforts to streamline operations in the executive department.
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