“Yes, certified already. We learned lessons from last year,” Presidential Legislative Liaison Office chief Adelino Sitoy said in a text message yesterday.
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P4.1-trillion budget passage certified as urgent
Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) - September 19, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte has certified as urgent the passage of the proposed P4.1-trillion budget for next year to ensure the timely implementation of the spending program. ?

“Yes, certified already. We learned lessons from last year,” Presidential Legislative Liaison Office chief Adelino Sitoy said in a text message yesterday. 

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed the certification in a separate text message. ?

If the President certifies a bill as urgent, it would not be covered by a rule which states that a measure can only be passed on final reading three days after its approval on second reading. ?

A letter sent to the House of Representatives and the Senate showed that Duterte certified the measure as urgent last Sept. 17. ?

In the letter, the President said the certification was made to address the need to maintain continuous government operations and ensure “budgetary preparedness that will enable the government to effectively perform its constitutional mandate.”   

The passage of this year’s P3.757-trillion national budget was delayed because of the bickering between House and Senate leaders over last-minute insertions in the spending bill. ?Because of the delay, Duterte was only able to sign the 2019 budget in April, forcing the government to operate on a reenacted outlay in the first quarter. 

The delayed implementation of the 2019 budget was blamed for the slower economic growth in the first three months. 

The growth of the country’s gross domestic product, the sum total of all goods and services produced in an economy, slowed to 5.6 percent in the first quarter, slower than the 6.5 percent growth posted in the same period last year and the revised 6.3 percent growth in the fourth quarter of the same year. 

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