Acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Thursday thanked Congress for its efforts to immediately ratify the proposed P5 trillion national budget for the year 2022.
“The Palace thanks Congress for working overtime to expeditiously ratify the proposed 2022 National Budget,” acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a statement.
Nograles said next year’s budget vital to the country’s response and recovery efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We consider next year’s budget vital to support our country’s COVID-19 resilience initiatives and to sustain our socioeconomic recovery efforts,” he said.
The Senate and the House of Representatives on Wednesday ratified the bicameral committee report on the proposed 2022 budget.
The country’s budget for next year will have as much as P50 billion for special risk allowances for medical frontliners, almost P48 billion for COVID-19 booster shots, and P15 billion to P16 billion for the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), based on portions approved by he House.
The measure will now be sent to President Rodrigo Duterte for his approval and signature.
“As we await its transmittal to the Office of the President, we reiterate our commitment to utilize our people’s hard-earned money to properly implement programs, projects, and services effectively and efficiently during the remainder of the President’s term of office,” Nograles said.
“We are grateful to our partners in the Legislature for ensuring that the Duterte Administration’s last full-year budget will sustain the legacy of real change for future generations,” he added.
Lawmakers earlier expressed hope that Duterte will sign the measure before the year ends to avoid a reenacted budget.