The House of Representatives is preparing to pass a resolution to withdraw their earlier support for the Budget Reform Bill and the implementation of the cash-based budgeting system in 2019.
This, following the budget cuts across all government agencies for next year.
Appropriations Committee Chairman Karlo Nograles says the proposed budgeting system also slashed their districts’ budgets, prompting opposition from congressmen.
Rep. Karl Nograles said, “We are opposing the cash based budgeting. We want to revert it to the obligation-based because we change the premise. We will return this to the DBM expressing our opposition in the cash-based.”
Under the cash-based budgeting system, agencies are required to spend allotted funds and deliver their projects within the year regardless of possible setbacks.
It replaces the current obligated budget system where agencies may spend on various projects even without available funds but are assured of reimbursement the following year.
But DPWH Sec. Mark Villar defended the administration’s proposed system despite their P93-billion budget slash.
Sec. Mark Villar explained, “The only difference is the whole amount will not be reflected on that year it would be spread out in 2 or 3 years that it is being implemented.”
Aside from DPWH, P77- billion was also slashed from the Department of Education, P35 billion from Department of Health and P5-billion each from Comelec and DSWD.
These budget cuts were transferred to fund the salaries and pension payment of police and military.
Nograles said this new system might cause the delay in the proposed budget passage or worse, might even lead to a re-enacted budget.
A possibility that Albay Representative Edcel Lagman agrees with saying, “The reenacted budget would be better than the present budget of the DBM.”
Congressman Nograles is set to meet with the DBM to discuss their concerns. — Grace Casin