House okays budget validity resolution on 2nd reading

September 25, 2019

THE House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Resolution No.19 which seeks to extend the validity of some items in the 2019 budget until end of 2020.

The resolutions filed by Deputy Speaker and Antique Rep. Loren Legarda, San Juan Rep. Ronaldo Zamora and Davao Oriental Rep. Joel Mayo Almario were consolidated into House Resolution No. 30.

Prior to the second reading approval of the consolidated bill, the House Committee on Appropriations approved the HR No. 9 and HR No. 10.

Earlier House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez stressed that the extension of the validity of some portions of the 2019 budget is vital in ensuring that the funding requirements of some national projects under this year’s appropriations will continue until 2020.

“Without the extension, the unused funds will go back to the National Treasury,” he said.

“This is the best option to address the delayed implementation of programs and projects for the delivery of basic services,” he added.

The consolidated resolution extends the validity of the funds for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) and capital outlays (CO) in the 2019 budget.

The House Joint Resolution 10 filed by Zamora and Almario cited the delayed passage of the 2019 General Appropriations Act and the election ban as the causes of the delays in the implementation of infrastructure projects and basic social services.

“There are appropriations that have not been released and allotments issued that have not been obligated which shall automatically result in the reversion of the said unexpended appropriations to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund of the much needed MOOE and CO to fund priority programs,” the resolution stated.

Based on the report of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), there are at least P1.161-trillion unobligated funds under the 2019 budget, of which P324.758 billion are for MOOE and P339.53 billion for CO.