By Liza Soriano
MANILA–The First Regular Session of the 19th Congress will resume its session on Monday, 07 November 2022.
The Upper Chamber is expected to pick up where it left off on the plenary deliberations on the proposed 2023 General Appropriations Bill (GAB).
The P5.268 trillion national budget is anticipated to be approved in the third week of this month, according to Senate President Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri.
Sen. Sonny Angara, chair of the finance committee, will sponsor the committee report when the session begins, according to Zubiri, and “we will proceed right to the budget deliberations in the plenary.”
He said there would be morning and afternoon sessions to wrap up the discussion before the proposed budget bill was approved in the second and third readings.
“With the hard work and commitment of all our fellow senators, we expect to have two weeks of marathon plenary deliberations, and hopefully we can have it approved on third reading in the Senate as early as the third week of November,” the Senate leader said, adding that the Senate is fully on track with the budget schedule that has been laid out.
“I am grateful to all our hardworking senators for ably steering their respective sub-committees, and for keeping us on track with our budget timeline. With everyone keeping the same work ethic and urgency to the plenary, we expect to spend about two weeks in marathon plenary deliberations, and we will hopefully be able to approve the budget as early as the third week of November,” he added.