Senate targets to approve 2022 budget in first week of December

Maris Federez   •   November 2, 2021   •   288


MANILA, Philippines —The ball is now in the Senate’s court to approve the Php5.024 trillion 2022 national budget.

This is after the Lower House of Congress submitted to the Upper Chamber the General Appropriations Bill (GAB) on October 25, two days earlier than the target day of submission.

And with the election fever already rising, several solons called on the Senate for the immediate approval of the bill.

Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda who also co-chairs the House Committee on Appropriations is hoping that Senators will set aside election campaigning to ensure that the national budget will be passed on time.

He said that although it’s a possibility, having a re-enacted budget will affect the country’s recovering economy.

House Deputy Speaker and Bagong Henerasyon (BH) Partylist Representative Bernadette Herrera-Dy also appealed to the Senate for the immediate approval of the budget to help the country recover from the pandemic.

Under the GAB, more than Php65 billion were realigned in various government programs which include the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots, and the allocation of special risk allowance for healthcare workers.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III, meanwhile, said the upper house will start plenary debates on the budget when the session resumes on November 8.

He hopes that the national budget will be passed by the first week of December.

“Hopefully passage by the first week of December,” Sotto said,

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri gave the assurance of giving priority to the 2022 budget and approve the same on time.

“Of course, I will prioritize the Budget and try to pass it on time,” he said.

He also made certain that there will be no re-enacted budget this year.

There is no set date for the bicameral conference committee yet once the senate passes their version of the bill.

To date, Senate committee levels have concluded their hearings on the budget of respective government agencies. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

2022 national budget, inaasahang lalagdaan ni Pangulong Duterte sa Disyembre 30 — Malakanyang

Robie de Guzman   •   December 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Sa December 30, araw ng Huwebes, na inaasahang malalagdaan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang 2022 national budget.

Ayon kay acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles, kasama sa schedule ng Pangulo ang paglagda sa pambansang pondo na nagkakahalaga ng P5.024 trilyon.

“Inaasahan natin na tomorrow, naka-schedule po ang pagpirma ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ng 2022 GA (general appropriations) law, as promised. The president will sign this very important measure na ‘di sasapit ang December 31,” ani Nograles.

Oras namang mapirmahan ang national budget, maaari nang magamit ang pondo para sa Odette recovery efforts sa January 3, 2022, ayon sa Malakanyang. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

2022 national budget, patuloy pang binubusisi ni Pangulong Duterte — Malakanyang

Robie de Guzman   •   December 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Patuloy pang binubusisi ng Office of the President ang 2022 national budget kaya hindi natuloy ang nakatakda sanang ceremonial signing nito ngayong Martes.

Pagtitiyak ni acting Presidential Spokesperson at Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, agad pipirmahan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang P5.024 trilyong panukalang pondo oras na matapos ang ginagawang review.

“We would want to assure and we assure the public that the budget will be signed. Pipirmahan po ni Pangulong Duterte ang budget for 2022 bago pa man sumapit ang December 31,” ani Nograles.

Aniya, kailangang mapirmahan ang pondo upang matiyak na hindi mag-ooperate ang pamahalaan sa ilalim ng re-enacted budget sa susunod na taon.

Oras na mapirmahan din ang national budget, sinabi ng Malakanyang na maaari nang magamit ang pondo para sa Odette recovery efforts sa Enero. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

2022 national budget, lalagdaan ni Pangulong Duterte sa Dec. 28 – DBM

Robie de Guzman   •   December 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Posibleng pirmahan na ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa Martes, Disyembre 28, ang P5.024 trilyong national budget para sa taong 2022, ayon kay acting Budget Secretary Tina Rose Marie Canda.

“If I’m not mistaken, it will be signed tomorrow afternoon,” ani Canda sa isang panayam.

Naniniwala ang budget official na kaunting line items lang ang ivi-veto ng pangulo sa budget measure.

“Pero it’s very few if I’m not mistaken, kasi parang maganda yung mga naipasok ng mga legislators doon sa budget,” ani Canda.

Samantala, P6 bilyong halaga ng pondo ang ilalaan ng gobyerno bago matapos ang taong 2021 para tulungan ang mga biktima ng bagyong Odette.

Aabot sa P1 bilyon ang unang inilabas na pondo ng pamahalaan noong Biyernes, at P1 bilyong piso muli ngayong Lunes. Ang nalalabing halaga ay ilalabas bago matapos ang taon.

“Tapos maglalabas din kami bago matapos ang taon ng 4 na bilyon na ayuda para sa mga local government units na ipahahatid naman nila sa mga mamamayang naapektuhan ng bagyong Odette,” ani Canda.

Oras na mapirmahan ang 2022 national budget, maaari na ring magamit ang pondo para sa mga biktima ng bagyo sa Enero.

Nasa P4 bilyon ang nakalaan para rito sa 2022 national budget.

Isa sa mga dahilan kung bakit napabilis ang pag-apruba ng kongreso sa spending plan sa susunod na taon ay bunsod ng pinsala ng typhoon odette sa ilang bahagi ng bansa. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)


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