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2021 national budget

WELL-meaning members of Congress and the Filipino people cannot overemphasize the importance of speeding up the passage of the proposed 2021 P4.5-trillion national budget.

Caricature: 2021 national budgetEverybody agrees that if the government operates on a “reenacted budget” next year, all new government projects and expansion plans for some key services and programs will be affected.

That’s why House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, a lawyer and banker by profession, should be commended for urging his colleagues to immediately pass next year’s national budget.

Romualdez described the proposed P4.5-trillion budget as a major component of the Duterte administration’s comprehensive plan to rebuild the economy and decisively defeat COVID-19.

To ensure the swift passage of the budget, Romualdez, chair of the House committee on rules, appealed to his colleagues to avoid repetitive questions during the deliberations.

But he was quick to assure the public that the proposed budget “will go through a very transparent process of deliberations to fully discuss its merits and main intention to serve the people.”

“We are going to scrutinize the national budget and do our jobs properly,” said Romualdez, husband of Tingog party-list Rep. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez, a nurse and beauty queen.

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano wants the GAB to be ready for DU30’s signature by the end of November or the first week of December, adding “Kung kaya ng mas maaga, bakit hindi?”

Finance Secretary Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez III had earlier called on members of the Senate and the House of Representatives to speed up the approval of the 2021 national budget.

Our senators and congressmen ought to pass the proposed budget before the end of the year, otherwise the government will be forced to operate on a reenacted budget again in 2021.