By Liza Soriano
MANILA — The projected P5.268 trillion national budget for 2023 will be the subject of the Senate Committee on Finance’s report as sessions in the Upper Chamber resume next week.
Senator Sonny Angara, the panel’s chair, made this disclosure on Wednesday, mentioning in particular that he is looking forward to supporting and defending the government’s expenditure plan next year during a plenary session on Tuesday, November 8.
“We aim to file the committee report on the budget (general appropriations act) on Monday and sponsor it the following Tuesday,” Angara said in a statement.
The senator said that the calamity fund will be higher than the previous years.
“The calamity fund budget is roughly P30 [billion] which is larger than in past years,” he said.
“Given the increased frequency and magnitude of recent typhoons, this is appropriate. Certainly, the committee will always be open to changes which may help our people during these difficult times and which will improve the governments’ response to these calamities,” Angara added. (ai/mtvn)