Congress made 'adjustments' in 2020 budget for gov't programs — Cayetano
The bicameral conference committee approved the 2020 General Appropriations Bill Wednesday morning.
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Congress made 'adjustments' in 2020 budget for gov't programs — Cayetano

( - December 11, 2019 - 4:56pm

MANILA, Philippines — Both the Senate and the House of Representatives made adjustments in the proposed 2020 national budget to fully implement government programs, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (Taguig) said.

Both chambers of Congress have ratified the bicameral conference report approving the P4.1-trillion national budget for next year.

Cayetano stressed that the 2020 budget was passed "with no pork, no parked funds, and no delays with full transparency."

"While there is no perfect budget, both the Senate and the House of Representatives have identified areas where funds have identified areas where funds have been underutilized for various reasons," Cayetano said in a statement.

The House speaker said the adjustments were made for the programs such as the "Build, Build Build" infrastructure program and social welfare programs.

The early approval of the proposed budget gives President Rodrigo Duterte enough time to review the provisions of the General Appropriations Bill to make sure that it is aligned with the administration's priority programs.

"We now leave it up to the departments, agencies, and the rest of the Executive branch to fully implement the projects and programs with no corruption and with full transparency," Cayetano said.

'Corruption-ridden' budget, according to Lacson

Sen. Panfilo Lacson, meanwhile, claimed that the bicam report is "corruption-ridden."

The senator did not sign the report after receiving a USB flash drive with files containing a supposed list of budget items inserted in the report.

Lacson said the bicam report still has lump sums and vaguely described projects.

"Pork is here to stay. I hope the president will again exercise his political will in vetoing line items that will obviously waste people's tax money," Lacson said. — Patricia Lourdes Viray

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: January 6, 2020 - 4:33pm

The General Appropriations bill is among the most important pieces of legislation that Congress needs to pass since it authorizes government spending for the next year.

Delays in passage of the national budget lead to problems with funding and implementing projects.

Follow this thread for updates on the national budget for 2020.

January 6, 2020 - 4:33pm

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the General Appropriations Bill for 2020 into law.

December 26, 2019 - 9:00am

President Duterte signs a law that extended the validity of the 2019 budget until Dec. 31, 2020.

December 11, 2019 - 3:08pm

The House of Representatives ratifies the bicameral report on the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020.





November 27, 2019 - 4:26pm

The Senate unanimously approves on third and final reading the P4.1-trillion 2020 national budget.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier certified the passage of the General Appropriations Bill to ensure timely implementation of the spending program.

Fifteen senators will be part of the bicameral conference committee: Sonny Angara, Panfilo Lacson, Cynthia Villar, Pia Cayetano, Sherwin Gatchalian, Bong Go, Imee Marcos, Joel Villanueva, Ralph Recto, Nancy Binay, Grace Poe, Franklin Drilon, Francis Pangilinan and Risa Hontiveros.

November 19, 2019 - 1:53pm

Lack of funding has led to a delay in the implementation of the National ID Law, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto points out.

"The administration pressed Congress to pass the National ID Law, designating it a national project of the highest priority, certifying that funds are available for its implementation, and no wonder Congress complied," he says.

"That was two years ago, when we passed the law certified as urgent by the Palace. During the debates then, we were told that the plan was to cover 100 million people in four years," he says, but says he has been told that not a single one has been issued since.

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