President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Joint Session of the 17th Congress at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City on July 23, 2018. (Image courtesy of PCOO/KARL NORMAN ALONZO)
President Rodrigo Duterte submitted to Congress on Monday, July 23, the proposed national budget for 2019.
The budget which totals P3.757 trillion is the first cash-based budget proposal of the Duterte administration to Congress.
Government spending on infrastructure and human resource investments is also set to increase next year.
Malacañang is confident that Congress will pass the 2019 General Appropriations Acts on time.
“This is a test for the new House Speaker. Nonetheless we are confident that because this budget is intended to implement Build, Build, Build, which means more projects for congressmen and legislators as well, that it would be passed on time,” said Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque. — UNTV News & Rescue