House of Representatives committee on appropriations chairman Karlo Nograles assured the public Wednesday that the passage of the P3.767-trillion proposed budget for 2018 is still on schedule “despite a few unavoidable hiccups in the plenary debates.”
The House leadership intended to finish the plenary debates by Friday, September 8. The debates, which is the last stage of the budget process on the Lower Chamber, began on Monday, September 4. But due to the hiccups, Nograles said they are now looking to give final approval on the measure no later than Tuesday, September 12.
“While a good number of the debates on departments and their attached agencies have been terminated, discussions on the budget of a handful of these offices have been deferred to next week,” Nograles said.
“These deferrals resulted from motions of congressmen who were apparently not satisfied with the explanations that they got during the course of the plenary debates and were duly seconded by the plenary.That’s the power of the purse in action,” explained Nograles.
He said the slight adjustment won’t have any effect on the schedule, considering there will be some downtime before the transmittal of the proposed budget to the Senate.