Sep four, 2017 @ 17:30

The House of Representatives started Monday its weeklong debate on the P3.767 trillion General Appropriations Bill.

“The strength of the budget is, number one, we’re still prioritizing social services. So even if we’re pushing for the BUILD BUILD BUILD program under the economic services sector of the budget, priority parin ang social services,” House committee on appropriations chairman Karlo Nograles stated through the interpellation of Minority Leader Danilo Suarez.

BUILD BUILD BUILD refers to President Rodrigo Duterte’s infrastructure program, which can pour P8.four trillion into main infrastructure tasks from this 12 months as much as the tip of his time period in 2022.

“So kahit na alam po natin na kailangan natin itaas ang ating economic activity at economic growth ng ating bansa, ay nakatutok parin ang budget na ito sa mga pangangailangan at kapakanan ng taumbayan lalong lalu na yung naghihirap,” Nograles stated.

In training, Nograles stated the federal government will probably be rising its allocation to P691.1 billion in 2018 from this 12 months’s P649.four billion. “P613.1 billion will go to the Department of Education alone for the much-needed construction of 47,000 classrooms; repair and rehabilitation of 18,000 classrooms; procurement of 84,781 schools seats; and creation of 81,000 teaching positions,” Nograles stated.

Healthcare will probably be additionally improved by rising the availability of the Department of Health’s Health Facilities Enhancement Program from P24.2 billion in 2017 to P29 billion in 2018. This will cowl for the improve of 353 hospitals and development of 1,497 Barangay Health Stations (BHS), he stated.

The House hopes to complete the marathon debates and cross the invoice on Friday so it may be despatched to the Senate for its personal approval. The goal is to have it signed by the President on or earlier than November 15.