House, Senate reconcile budget measures

December 04, 2019

THE House of Representatives and Senate agreed to go back to Malacanang’s budget proposal — or the National Expenditure Program (NEP) — in reconciling the disagreeing provisions of the 2020 General Appropriations Bill.

This was disclosed by Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, vice chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, as the two Houses discuss during the bicameral conference committee the proposed 2020 national budget amounting to P4.1 trillion.

Salceda said the House of Representatives aims to ratify the bicameral conference committee version on Monday, December 9.

He added all the significant disagreeing provisions between the two Chambers were settled during the bicam meeting.

“There was an agreement to go back to NEP and to consider amendments or disagreeing provisions   toward an agreement by Monday,” he said in an interview.

“By Monday, we will be signing the final version. All significant differences have essentially been reconciled,” he added.

Meanwhile, Salceda said they are targeting to submit to President Rodrigo Duterte the ratified version by December 21.

Reports said that there are discrepancies in the allocations of budget for the Departments of Health (DOH), Transportation (DoTr); Public Works and Highways (DPWH); and others.