Proposed 2018 nat’l budget transmitted to Senate
The Senate on Wednesday received from the House of Representatives the 2018 General Appropriations Bill (GAB), which is expected to be brought to the plenary next week.
Sen. Loren Legarda said the Senate committee on finance will sponsor the 2018 GAB after the subcommittee reports were submitted this week.
“Upon submission of the reports of my vice chairpersons, we will file and sponsor [it] next week and we will conduct marathon sessions so we can finish the budget interpellations of all agencies before session adjourns,” said Legarda, chair of the committee.
The Senate will adjourn for a monthlong break on Oct. 12.
Upon resumption of session on Nov. 13, the Senate is expected to approve the GAB on second and third reading. Then, the bicameral conference committee will be convened to reconcile the differences in the Senate and House versions of the proposed P3.767-trillion national budget for 2018.
“We aim to submit the [bill] to the President on the second week of December and hopefully enacted before Christmas,” said Legarda.
This would give agencies time to plan the implementation of approved projects and programs before the holidays and allow for the early disbursement and a more efficient obligation of the funds, she added.
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