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Party-list bloc commits to Speaker’s ‘no pork’ policy — Romero

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The 54 members of the Partylist Coalition Foundation Inc. are committed to ensuring the full observation of the “no pork, no parking, no delay” policy laid down by Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, according to the bloc’s leader, Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero.

“Speaker Cayetano can rely on the PCFI, we have his back in guaranteeing that the no pork, no parking, no delay policy is observed,” the 1-Pacman party-list representative said.

Romero stressed that supporting Cayetano achieve this mantra for the current House budget deliberation is the surefire way of avoiding in 2020 a repeat of the notorious 2019 national budget delay.

“We can no longer afford to lose P77 billion per month because of the economic slow down triggered by the delayed implementation of the national budget,” he said.

“It has become imperative for us to make sure that each day of the coming year’s government operations is covered by the provisions of the 2020 General Appropriations Act,” stated the House official.

The PCFI leader decried the 2019 budget obstruction for contributing to the delayed implementation of vital government programs aimed at alleviating the conditions of the country’s poor.

Preventing the delayed approval and implementation of the 2020 national allocation will be the main preoccupation of PCFI members who have started scrutinizing “every nook and cranny” of the proposal.

“Despite these efforts, we have yet to find pork barrel funds, parked pork or any irregularity that will block early approval of the budget measure. But we have not stopped looking,” said Romero.

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