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Velasco says P5-T 2022 budget pushed ‘with respect to minority’

Makabayan bloc members says it was railroaded
/ 09:35 AM October 01, 2021
Speaker Lord Allan Velasco

Speaker Lord Allan Velasco. (Screengrab from RTVM)

MANILA, Philippines — House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco said the proposed 2022 national budget was pushed “always with respect to the concerns” of the minority bloc, but members of the Makabayan bloc say the national expenditure plan was “railroaded” in the lower chamber.

In his adjournment speech late Thursday night following the passage of the proposed P5.024-trillion national budget for next year, Velasco said members of the House “immersed ourselves in the serious work of reviewing and scrutinizing the budget of all government agencies.”


“We tackled every issue, heard every concern, and clarified every ambiguity. At the end of six weeks, we at the House of Representatives successfully concluded our deliberations,” Velasco said.

“We were true to our commitment to pass, in a timely manner, the General Appropriations Act of 2022, ensuring that appropriate funding will be available at Day One of the coming year and government programs can proceed without delay,” he added.


Velasco likewise said the national budget was passed while having respect to the concerns of the members of the minority bloc.

“When all is said and done, we hope that our people can look back at this period and see that we have done our duties despite the present crisis. We pushed for the budget, but always with respect to the concerns of the minority,” Velasco said.

‘Railroaded budget’

However, the six members of the House’s Makabayan bloc voted against the proposed 2022 national budget, with some arguing that the passage was “railroaded.”

“Wala pang apat na weeks nating tinalakay ang badyet na ito. Delayed na ng isang buwan ang pagsusumite ng DBCC (Development Budget Coordination Committee) sa Kongreso, niratsada pa ito,” ACT Teachers Partylist Rep. France Castro said.

(We tackled this budget in less than four weeks. The DBCC’s submission of this budget was delayed by a month and yet we railroaded this in Congress.)

Further, Castro pointed out that the proposed 2022 budget does not respond to the needs of the public in the health and education sector. She likewise lamented the budget cuts suffered by several programs under the Department of Education (DepEd).

“Kapos na kapos ang pinanukala ng administrasyon para sa mga rekisito para sa ligtas na balik-paaralan at sa proteksyon, benepisyo ng mga guro at education support personnel,” Castro said.


(The proposed budget to ensure the safe return of our physical learning and ensuring the protection and benefits for teachers and education support personnel is not enough.)

Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Arlene Brosas, meanwhile, said the proposed 2022 budget “seeks to spend P385.78 billion as ‘presidential pork’” which includes the budget of the controversial National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

She said the proposed funding for the NTF-ELCAC “could’ve been enough to provide P10,000 cash aid to 3 million  families who have been affected by the pandemic and series of typhoons.”

“Kaya rin nitong pondohan ang paid pandemic leave para sa mga libu-libong manggagawang nagkakasakit o di kaya’y no work, no pay,” she added.

(This can also fund the paid pandemic leave for thousands of workers or those who are under the no work, no pay set-up.)


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