IT is certainly reassuring to note that the top leadership of the House of Representatives is committed to pass a constitutionally compliant national budget for next year.
In fact, the country’s district and party-list congressmen, headed by Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, will comply with the Supreme Court (SC) ruling that outlawed any form of pork barrel.
“Definitely, the pork barrel system is a thing of the past,” according to House Majority Leader and Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin G. Romualdez, a lawyer and banker by profession.
Romualdez made the statement after the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) formally submitted to the House the proposed P4.1-trillion budget for 2020.
The articulate and workaholic Romualdez said the line item budgeting system will be strictly observed to ensure transparency and accountability in the disbursement of public funds.
At the same time, the Leyte solon cited President Duterte’s commitment through acting DBM Secretary Wendel Avisado to ensure an equitable distribution of government resources.
Romualdez said the corruption-free distribution of government funds will further propel the local economy.
Cayetano, on the other hand, stressed that the proposed 2020 budget will focus on good governance and fight against corruption, which is the flagship program of the Duterte government.
The House of Representatives is seen to pass the General Appropriations Bill (GAB) on third and final reading before October 5, when the 18th Congress starts its first congressional break.
Of course, as a well-meaning Filipino, we share the House leadership’s hopes for the early passage of the proposed P4.l-trillion national budget.
But in passing the GAB, our lawmakers-- senators and congressmen-- ought to ensure that every peso that they appropriate will contribute to the overall growth and development of the country.