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Duterte signs 2019 budget, vetoes P95.3B infra projects

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the long-delayed P3.7 trillion national budget for this year.

Duterte signed Republic Act 11260 or the General Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2019 on Monday, April 15, 2019.

This, months after the government operated on a reenacted budget following the budget standoff between the Senate and the House of Representatives over the alleged internal realignments made by the lower chamber.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea revealed that Duterte vetoed the P95.374-billion worth of projects and programs under the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Asked why the President vetoed said allocations, Medialdea said, “(They are) not part of the President’s priority projects.”

Malacanang said the 2019 budget spending is “the reflection of the Administration’s vision of genuine change for the Philippines, where effective and efficient delivery of programs, projects and public services for our people will be its hallmark.”

Duterte also subjected certain provisions to “conditional implementation” to ensure conformity with existing laws, ules and regulations, added Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

These include the allowance and benefits of teachers and creation of teaching positions, construction of evacuation centers, funding for foreign-assisted projects, revolving fund, and lump-sum appropriations for capital outlays, as well as financial assistance to local government units and funding requirements of our foreign service, among others.

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