• Congress OKs P22B supplemental budget

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    Congress has swiftly granted the Aquino administration’s request for P22.4 billion supplemental budget for 2014.

    This developed after the House of Representatives adopted the Senate amendments to House Bill 5237 which provides for the P22.4 billion supplemental budget.

    It was House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd of Mandaluyong City who made the motion for the adoption of the Senate version, a move seconded by his colleagues. The House adjourned for the Christmas break after the approval.

    The Senate amendments provided a prioritization scheme for the utilization of the P22.4 billion supplemental fund.

    The first two priorities are identified projects that have remained unpaid and outstanding after being declared unconstitutional after the Supreme Court declared the Priority Development Assistance Fund (P1.9 billion) illegal and projects partially implemented or unimplemented that were declared unconstitutional by the High Court’s ruling that the Disbursement Acceleration Program is illegal.

    The third priority are urgent projects in infrastructure, socio-economic, rehabilitation and reconstruction projects which are not funded in any existing appropriations law.

    These include the MRT 3 Rehabilitation and Capacity Extension amounting to P1.2 billion, the updating of DSWD’s National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction, P1.9 billion and the construction of 27,313 houses for victims of typhoon Yolanda, P7.9 billion. Llanesca T. Panti

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