Pork-free budget

October 05, 2019

THE best way to support President Duterte’s vision of improving the lives of the Filipino people, especially the poor, is for Congress to hasten the passage of next year’s proposed P4.1-trillion national budget.

As expected, the House of Representatives approved the 2020 General Appropriations Bill (GAB) in record time, enabling the solons to transmit the budget to the 24-member Senate last Monday.

The budget is seen to stabilize the economy, redistribute wealth and create growth centers in less developed areas across the country, according to House Deputy Speaker and Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu.

In fact, the proposed budget will result in a more equitable distribution of projects among the country’s district and party-list representatives as they have been consulted in the matter, said Abu.

Likewise, Abu paid a glowing tribute to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Majority Leader and Leyte District Rep. Martin Romualdez for orchestrating the early approval of the 2020 national budget.

“Mabilis na pumasa ang GAB sa Mababang Kapulungan dahil nagtrabaho nang husto ang House leadership sa pamumuno nina Speaker Cayetano at Majority Leader Romualdez,” said a Congress reporter.

“Historically, budget bills are passed not earlier than October. This time, it took only 20 working days within a period of 30 days to get the job done in mid-September,” said Deputy Speaker Abu.

However, the Batangueno lawmaker was quick to assure the public that members of the Lower Chamber of Congress “carefully reviewed” the budget proposal of the Chief Executive from Davao City.

In the view of many, members of the Senate have no choice but to work overtime so that the top priority legislation will be with President Duterte for signing before the end of the year.

The more than 100 million Filipinos, notably the poorest of the poor in various parts of the country, eagerly wait for the approval of the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020.