By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
The House leadership respects the preferred timetable set by the Senate on the approval of the proposed P3.757-trillion General Appropriations Act (GAA) for 2019.
House Majority Leader Rolando “Nonoy” Andaya Jr. (Camarines Sur) said just like any other measures, “the Senate reviews, and in the process rejects or accepts, the improvements and amendments we have made on the national budget.”
“In the same constructive spirit that we will treat and assess the Senate changes to the national budget when it is sent to a House-Senate conference for reconciliation,” Andaya said.
Andaya expressed confidence that in the event there will be a slight delay in the enactment of the proposed 2019 GAA, “the established rules on the use of the reenacted budget during the short, interim period will apply without affecting the operations of the government, nor curb the delivery of services to the people, or radically setback the timetable of public projects.”
He said next year’s budget “was approved in full compliance with all the rules, laws, and jurisprudence in authorizing appropriations” amidst criticisms from some senators especially the re-alignment of the so-called “park insertions” allegedly initiated by the previous House leadership.
The same fidelity was exercised in crafting the provisions that will guide the budget’s implementation, said Andaya.