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May pondo tayo! Angara assures new laws will be funded under 2020 budget

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Senator Sonny Angara assured Saturday (November 16) that new laws signed by President Rodrigo Duterte will be funded, as the Senate continues its deliberations on the P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020,.

Angara, chair of the Senate committee on finance, said the 2020 national budget would also contain an allocation of P1 billion for the implementation of Republic Act 11230 or the Tulong Trabaho Act, which was signed on February this year.

Under the law, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority will provide free access to Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) particularly to out-of-school youth and the unemployed.

The law provides for the establishment of a Tulong Trabaho Fund, which will finance the free training fees and additional financial aid such as transportation allowances for the qualified beneficiaries enrolling in selected training programs.

Angara said the Senate also allotted enough funds for the implementation of Republic Act 11459 or the Judges-at-Large Act.

The budget, which would be part of the P2.5 billion added to the judiciary’s appropriations, will fund the creation of 50 new judges-at-large positions—30 in the regional trial courts and 20 in the metropolitan trial courts.

The Senate body has allocated a substantial amount to the National Economic and Development Authority for the establishment of an Innovation Fund as mandated by Republic Act 11293 or the Philippine Innovation Act.

The law encourages the promotion of technological advancement to enhance the competitiveness of the Philippine economy, especially the micro, small and medium enterprises.

To support the implementation of Republic Act 11036 or the Mental Health Act, signed on June 2018, Angara said funding would be provided for the establishment of a mental health hotline in the budget of the Department of Health.

Angara said the Senate also provided P616 million for the implementation of Republic Act 11194 or the Conservation of the Gabaldon School Buildings Act. The funds will be part of the Department of Education’s appropriations.

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