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Pirma na lang ni Duterte: Congress ratifies P4.1T 2020 national budget

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Lawmakers on Wednesday approved the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020.

Members of the House of Representatives voted to ratify next year’s General Appropriations Act (GAA) under House Bill No. 4228 around 3 p.m., with only Makabayan bloc four congressmen opposing the approved bicameral conference committee report.

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano insisted that next year’s budget was passed with “no pork, no parked funds, and no delays with full transparency.”

He said that members of both the Senate and the House of Representatives “have identified areas where funds have been underutilized for various reasons.”

“Both Houses made adjustments so it can now be fully utilized for programs such as the Build, Build, Build and social welfare programs in furthering the goal improving the quality of life of Filipinos,” said Cayetano.

“We now leave it up to the Departments, Agencies, and the rest of the Executive branch to fully implement the projects and programs with no corruption and with full transparency.”

The House leadership is confident that he early approval by the committee provide President Rodrigo Duterte ample time to review HB 4228’s provisions and ensure that it is aligned with the priority programs of the administration.

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