Bicameral committee has approved P4.1T budget that has ‘no pork, no parked funds’

December 11, 2019
Martin Romualdez, Isidro Ungab and Neptali Gonzales
House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez (left), with Bicam House Panel Chairman Rep. Isidro Ungab (center) and Deputy Speaker Neptali Gonzales (right), leads signing of Bicam Report for approval of P4.1 trillion National Budget during the Bicam Meeting with Senate Panel. Lower photo: Rep. Ungab (showing copy of Bicam Report), Rep. Romualdez and Bicam Senate Panel Chairman Sen. Sonny Angara are shown after the approval of Bicam Report on the 2020 National Budget during the Bicameral meeting at Manila Polo Club in Makati City. With them are other members of the bicam panels. Photos by Ver Noveno

HOUSE leaders yesterday hailed the House of Representatives’ ratification of the proposed 2020 P4.1 trillion national budget to support President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s vision of making life better for Filipinos.

In a joint statement, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez said the ratified national budget will result in a more equitable distribution of projects among district and party-list representatives as they have been consulted on the matter.

“We would like to commend and congratulate the Bicameral Conference Committee for a thorough review and timely approval of the 2020 General Appropriations Bill,” they said in a joint statement.

“2020 is a very symbolic year as it represents a perfect vision – a vision we share with President Duterte to provide a safe and comfortable life for all Filipinos. Now more than ever is the best time to push for reforms to see this goal through,” they said.

Cayetano and Romualdez said Congress “passed a budget with no pork, no parked funds, and no delays with full transparency.”

“While there is no perfect budget, both the Senate and the House of Representatives have identified areas where funds have been underutilized for various reasons. Thus both houses made adjustments so it can now be fully utilized for programs such as the Build, Build, Build and social welfare programs in furthering the goal improving the quality of life of Filipinos,” the two House leaders declared.

“The early approval by the committee provides the President ample time to review the Bill’s provisions and ensure that it is aligned with the priority programs of the administration. We now leave it up to the Departments, Agencies, and the rest of the Executive branch to fully implement the projects and programs with no corruption and with full transparency,” they added.