AT least three lawmakers have filed separate resolutions extending until December 31, 2020 the validity of the maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) and capital outlay (CO) of the 2019 national budget, amounting to P3.757 trillion.
In a statement, Majority Leader Martin Romualdez said the House of Representatives will fully support and consider these resolutions.
The House Committee on Appropriations chaired by Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab will begin consideration today of House Joint Resolution (HJR) No. 9 filed by Deputy Speaker and Antique Rep. Loren Legarda and HJR No. 10 introduced by San Juan City Rep. Ronaldo “Ronnie” Zamora and Davao Oriental Rep. Joel Mayo Almario seeking to extend the shelf life of this year’s national budget.
According to Romualdez, there is a need to extend the validity of the 2019 budget considering the delays in the passage of 2019 GAA and the election ban on the implementation of infrastructure projects and social services.
“We have to ensure that funding requirements of some important national projects under the 2019 GAA (General Appropriations Act) will continue until next year. Without the extension, the unused funds will go back to the National Treasury,” Romualdez said.
“This is the best option to address the delayed implementation of programs and projects for the delivery of basic services,” he added.
The two joint resolutions seek to amend Section 65 of the General provisions of Republic Act (RA) No. 11260, otherwise known as the GAA of Fiscal Year 2019, which provides that all appropriations shall be available for release and obligation until December 31,2019.