By Liza Soriano
BusinessWorld online courtesy
MANILA — Senator Risa Hontiveros has welcomed the approval of the Senate of the 2023 budget, the first budget of the Marcos administration.
“Nagpapasalamat tayo sa mga kasamahan natin sa Senado na kaisa natin sa pagnanais na tiyakin sa publiko na tayo’y nakikinig sa mga alalahanin ninyo, at naniniwala talaga kami na hindi dapat masayang ni isang sentimo ng ating national budget,” Hontiveros said.
The senator also expressed her gratitude to Finance Chair Sonny Angara, and Minority Leader Sen. Koko Pimentel for accepting the proposed realignment of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) confidential funds to support the promotion of their Healthy Learning Institutions initiative.
“Bagaman hindi buong nailagak ang confidential funds sa mga mahahalagang programa para sa basic education, malaking tulong ito upang madagdagan ng pondo ang ating mga school health programs in line with the mandate of the Universal Health Care Act,” Hontiveros said.
“With the PHP 120M realigned to the Healthy Learning Institutions program, it would enable DepEd, in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), to integrate holistic measures to promote healthy behaviors and environments for immunization, mental health, and age-and-development-appropriate reproductive health education, especially in last-mile schools,” she added.