In an update, the House of Representatives will submit the proposed P4.5 trillion national budget for the year 2021 to the Senate by October 28 as required by Senate President Vicente Sotto III, according to House Appropriations Panel Chairman Eric Yap. Yap made the statement after Senators warned that submission beyond October 28 will result in delayed budget approval.
“Pipilitin natin kung ‘yun ang gusto ni Senate President. Gagawa kami ng paraan para mabigay sa kanila. Yung October 28, kung gusto ni Senate President and nasabi ni Speaker [Lord Allan Velasco], syempre ‘di ko pwedeng ipahiya ang Speaker ko. It will be October 28. But, hindi siya yung hardbound copy. Kung ano ‘yung copy [na] sinubmit namin sa NPO (National Printing Office), ‘yun yung ibibigay namin [sa Senate],” states House Appropriations Panel Chairman Eric Yap, in an article by GMA News. Read more: House submitting proposed P4.5-T budget to Senate by Oct. 28 —Yap, an article by GMA News.
The House is expected to approve the proposed budget on the third and final reading on Friday. After the approval, a small committee will be established to accept proposed amendments from government agencies, wherein agencies are only given until Monday for proposed amendments.
“Ang budget, laging nanggagaling sa Lower House, tapos kami ang mag-a-adopt? We have 300 congressman na nagre-represent ng 250 districts. So each member of Congress, may district at constituents, at nakikita nila ang problema. We cannot [just adjust] to what they want us to do,” adds Yap