House set to okay national budget

September 19, 2019

THE House of Representatives is set to approve today on second and third reading the proposed 2020 national budget.

President Rodrigo Duterte has certified as urgent the General Appropriations Bill.

Vice chairman of the appropriations committee Albay Rep. Joey Salceda said the  certification of the budget bill as urgent is a first  in the Duterte administration.

“This is first time for President Duterte in four budgets to provide a presidential certification. Since GAB is 100 percent National Expenditure Program the President certified it. So we can approve budget on 3rd reading,” Salceda said.

The proposed 2020 national budget is P4.1 trillion or 12 percent higher than P3.8 trillion for this year’s budget.

Romualdez assurance

In a separate statement, Majority Leader Martin Romualdez assured the public that the 2020 budget will be a reflection not only of the President’s vision but also of the people’s will.  

“As envisioned by the President, the 2020 national budget seeks to move the nation forward towards its aspired-for destination: a more peaceful and progressive Philippines,” Romualdez said.

The House leader said Congress supports the initiatives of the Duterte administration to empower the poor through increased subsidies and grants aimed at ending the intergenerational cycle of poverty in the country.

Originally, the Lower chamber set passage of the expenditure plan on final reading on October 4 to prevent a repeat of the delay in the passage of the 2019 national budget.