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House to pass ‘realistic, pro-people’ 2019 budget — Nograles

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

The House Appropriations Committee assured the public that there won’t be a re-enacted budget for next year despite a stalemate between the Lowerr House and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) regarding the cash-based budgeting scheme in the proposed 2019 National Expenditure Program (NEP).

Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, panel chair, said the budget deliberations in the House of Representatives would resume after the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) address the concerns of congressmen regarding the “extremely restrictive” cash-based P3.757 trillion national budget for 2019 and they can present Congress with a “true People’s Budget.”

“Our responsibility and duty to our constituents is clear (na) siguraduhin na ang pera ng bayan ay magamit sa ikauunlad ng ating kababayan. We will not allow our countrymen to be shortchanged and we will do what must be done to ensure that they get the budget they deserve,” said Nograles.

The DBM, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Finance (DOF), and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) are members of the DBCC, which presented the proposed budget and the adoption of a cash-based budgeting system.

On Saturday, Nograles announced that House will be suspending budget briefings until further notice as majority his colleagues have opposed the cash-based budgeting scheme submitted by DBM.

“This is a temporary setback, but rest assured we will get the budget passed on time—a realistic, pro-people, budget that will support the priority projects and programs of President Rodrigo Duterte,” said Nograles.

The Davao City-based solon stressed that it would be better moving forward if the DBM and DBCC first resolve the issues they have raised over the negative impact of cash-based budgeting scheme which majority of his colleagues insisted is “not feasible, impracticable, and inimical to the interests of our constituents.”