By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Senator Christopher “Bong” Go commended President Rodrigo Duterte for the timely signing of the 2022 General Appropriations Act, guaranteeing that the government has a functional budget for the recovery and reconstruction of areas devastated by Typhoon Odette and the continuation of the government’s pandemic response towards full recovery.
“I applaud the President for approving the national budget for 2022 today. I also want to express my gratitude to my colleagues in both houses of Congress,” said Go.
“The signing is timely as we continue to deal with the pandemic and the recent onslaught of Typhoon Odette on our people and economy,” Go added.
The senator remarked that the budget was carefully considered in order to meet the demands of the Filipino people, particularly in these difficult times, and to enable the government to provide a comfortable life for all.
“Tiwala ako na ang budget na ito ay napapanahon at angkop upang tuluyan nating malagpasan ang krisis na ating kasalukuyang kinakaharap,” said Go.
“Maipagpapatuloy din natin ang mga programa at proyekto ng Administrasyong Duterte upang tuluyang maisakatuparan ang pangakong mas maginhawang buhay para sa lahat ng mga Pilipino,” he added.
The GAA 2022 set an increased budget for the Department of Health to boost its pandemic efforts and other health programs. The Senate Committee on Finance adopted the recommendations of Senator Go to allocate funding for programs and activities which are crucial to the country’s pandemic response such as the Health Facilities Enhancement Program; compensation and other benefits of COVID-19 Workers; COVID-19 Laboratory Network Commodities; and the procurement of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. (ai/mtvn)