Government vehicles in the time of fuel crisis


The series of increases of fuel in short a span of time at the recent have automatically swallowed up the year’s budget for fuel (gasoline and crude) for government vehicles. Which would only mean – the automatic reduction of travel time of the vehicles, and the expected short delivery of governmental services that would come even before the year end.

Since fuel consumption of government vehicles is budgeted by government offices based on last year’s fuel prices, running these could anytime hit a bust and slowdown if not put to standstill the functioning of government manpower and the delivery of projects and services. A government that could not move things is useless.

We expect then augmentation in fuel budget in supplemental budgets of municipal and provincial governments. This had happened both in Davao del Norte and Comval Capitols two years ago, which even spawned wranglings. That is, if the executive and legislative departments are embroiled in a political brickbats and tiffs.

It would do best if supplemental budgets midway in the year can still have cuts in unnecessary expenditure items that have not yet been used like the targeted excesses and fats in unfilled, politically-optioned positions and activities and non-urgent items such as the snacks and meals, and realign these to delivery of basic services with a reasonable and justified budget for their transport and mobility to the poverty-stricken barangays.

Fuel-saving measures such as the prohibition of the taking home government vehicles by government officials, unnecessary, unprogrammed travels, weekend travel stoppage unless in the exigency of service and the no-no leisure trips. And since increases of fuel would mean high rates of electricity, fuel-saving measures would include the shutting down of aircon units in government offices during lunchtime and until 5 p.m. only during working days.

Lest we forget, government officials should become models to their employees by not taking advantage for personal ends of the “free” gasoline and crude for their government-issued vehicles. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)


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