On the ninth day of the OGE debate in specialty today the plenary was chaired by the President of the National Parliament Fernando Lasama de Araujo, and attended by the Government Members, starting with discussions of the Budget for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishery. 5 proposals were tabled for discussions, such as N. 116 (CD), N. 96 G&S), N. 139 (G&S and CM), N. 114 (CD), and N. 115 (CD). In the absence of the Prime Minister, today, in most of sessions today, Minister of Finance was in charge to represent the PM in providing policy answers (whenever necessary) to the inquiries of the MPs.
Good and Services, Transferences and Capital Minor
$65,000 to $172,000 in Good Services item, and $16,200 to 0, in public transferences.
The project aims to carry out a reforestation project in the area around the New Central Electrica (Hera and Betano), with the objective of anticipating and reducing negative impact of the carbon dioxide emission from this power plant as a contribution to the environment in the country.
Capital development (CD)
Minister Sabino responding to proposals and comments, said:
Before voting, Virginia cancelled her proposal N. 116 for elimination, as above.
Proposal N. 96, in favor, 44, against 1 and abstain 9- approved;
Proposal N. 114, in favor 38, against 6, and abstain 10; approved;
Proposal N. 139, in favor 45, against 1, abstain 8, approved;
Proposal N. 115, in favor 35, against 1, abstain 18, approved.
Then the Budget for Ministry of Agriculture was approved, in favor 42, against 1, and abstain 11.
Provedoria dos Direitos Humanos e Justica ( Office of Ombudsman)-
Note: according to the law in force, the independent agencies like Ombudsman, CAC, CFP, CNE and others are represented by Government / /Minister of Finance in the budget debate.
There were 3 proposals for debate, n. 50, n. 51, and n. 87.
Proposal N. 50, by Fernanda Borges and Domingos M. proposed to add $68,000 to $519,000 for local travels, justifying that the agency will have to do monitoring and investigation of cases against human rights and justice, and importantly monitoring the general elections.
Proposal N. 51, also by Fernanda Borges proposed to add $20,000 to $519,000 for overseas travels to participate in the international conferences, given that Provedor is also a member of various human rights organizations in Asia Pacific and the world.
Minister of Finance on behalf of government accepted the proposals and emphasized that so far the government has been always accepting the proposals from the autonomous agencies like provedor and others due to their specific roles and necessity.
The proposals were voted as follows:
Proposal N. 50, in favor 46, against 0, abstain 4, approved;
Proposal N. in favor 51, against 0, abstain 3, approved;
Proposal N. 47, in favor 47, against 0, abstain 3, approved.
Then the budget for Provedoria was approved, in favor 48, against 0 and abstain 2.
Comisssao de Anti Corrupcao (CAC)
3 proposals, 52, 53, and 42.
Proposal N. 52, (G&S) by Fernanda Borges proposed to add $40,000 to $7555,000 for overseas travel ;
Proposal N. 53 (G&S) , by Fernanda Borges proposed to add $29,000 to $755,000 for local travels;
Proposal N. 42 (CD), by Fernanda Borges, proposed to eliminate $800,000, that was allocated for office construction of CAC, taking into account that as discussed earlier, any infrastructure project above $1 M, or a multiyear project has to be put in the “Infrastructure Funds”. This budget is the initial budget for the multiyear project of CAC office construction.
Minister of Finance Emilia reiterated that she has no option to these proposals as stated above. Nevertheless, Minister Pires acknowledged that government is facing problem of land acquisition, due to very limited space in Dili. She agreed to be put in the IF.
The proposals were voted:
N. 42, in favor 47, against 0, abstain 3, approved ;
N. 52, in favor 47, against 0, abstain 3, approved ;
N. 53, in favor 47, against 0, abstain 3, approved.
The Budget for CAC was voted and also approved, in favor 47, against and abstain 3.
Comissao de Funcao Publica (Public Services Commission)
Only 1 proposal N. 43, by Fernanda Borges, proposed to add $500,000 to $70,000 for establishment of Personnel Information Management System , a data base system that is able to cover public service systems in terms of recruitment, distribution, career system, pensions, etc. very importantly to avoid similar problem of “ghost/inexistent public servants” happening in the future.
Minister accepted the proposal and said that in fact the government has discussed this issue, and will provide a budget of $2. M in the future to meet the growing needs of CFP.
Proposal N. 43, was approved with in favor 44, against 0, and abstain 6.
The Budget for CFP was voted and approved : in favor 46, against 0, and abstain 4.
Then the Budget for Servicos Publico Fusão de TL (RTTL), there was no proposal, and was voted and approved : in favor 43, against 1, and abstain 6.
Similarly, the budget for CNE (Comissao Nacional de Eleicoes) , was also voted and approved , in favor 44, against 0 and abstain 6.
Next the Annex II was voted and approved: in favor 36, against 11, and abstain 4.
Annex III was also voted and approved: in favor 37, against 7, and abstain 6.
Annex IV (Infrastructure Funds) , there were 14 proposals: 141, 54, 83, 85, 86, 89, 90, 111, 112, 118.
Proposal N. 141, proposed to reduce $1,335,000 from $4,184,000 for Bebui Irrigation,
Proposal N.54 (public buildings- $35,900,000)- by Fernanda Borges to add 800,000 for CAC office building, as a necessity;
Proposal N.85, (public buildings – $35,900,000)- by Fernanda Borges , to add $700,000 for construction of Kids Detention center; she said, it is important to have a separate detention center for better guidance, and avoid further problems for the kids;
Proposal N. 86, (public building – $35,900,000), by Fernanda Borges proposed to rehab Suai prison, in order to reduce burden on Becora prison;
Proposal N.89,(public buildings – $35,900,000), – cancelled
Proposal N.90,( public buildings – $35,900,000) – construction of land and property offices in 12 districts;
Proposal N.83, by Antonino Bianco proposed to reduce $5.5 M , from $9.5 M , as the first phase of MOF office building construction, a multiyear project that will absorb $35 M . Proponents justified that there is no law to regulate buildings in TL, hence a sky-building may not be necessary at this stage, given that many people are still suffering from shortages, etc.
Proposal N.111, by Virginia to reduce $248,000 from $708,000;
Proposal N.112, by Virginia to use the N.111 reduction for the regional office in Same;
Proposal N.118, to add $2.5 M to $35,900,000 .
N.85- Kids Detention center- it is necessary because there have been criticisms by many people that mixing up kids with adults in the same prison, greatly have bad impacts on the kids;
N. 86, Rehab Suai prison- important to avoid overload in Becora prison;
The chair asked the government /ministers to take notes and provide answers in tomorrow’s sessions.