P5.2-trillion national budget for ’23 okayed

P5.2-trillion national budget for ’23 okayed

By Junex Doronio
September 29, 2022

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MANILA — Certified as urgent by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., more than 280 congressmen voted in favor of the P5.268-trillion national budget for 2023 and only three lawmakers dissented.

On late Wednesday, the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading House Bill (HB) 4488 in a “viva voce” or voice vote.

Only three lawmakers identified with the radical Makabayan bloc voted against the measure.

“Pursuant to the provisions of Article 6, Section 26 (2) of the 1987 Constitution, I hereby certify the necessity of the immediate enactment of House Bill No. 4488 […] in order to address the need to maintain continuous government operations following the end of the current fiscal year, strengthen efforts to respond more effectively to the Covid-19 pandemic, and support initiatives towards national economic recovery,” PBBM said in a letter earlier sent to the Lower House.

The House of Representatives will now submit the General Appropriations Bill (GAB) to the Upper House or Senate, which has the constitutional power to propose its own version or concur with amendments.

Both houses of Congress will then meet at a bicameral conference to reconcile the two appropriations bills that they approved. (ai/mtvn)

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