SWP to Budget Bicam – No more delays in the approval of the 2019 Budget | January 18, 2019
Social Watch Philippines (SWP) , a budget watchdog advocating for transparent, efficient, accountable and pro-poor management of public funds, appeals to the House and the Senate to fast track the deliberations of the 2019 proposed budget following an impasse last year which consequently led to a reenacted budget at least for the first two months of 2019.
“Operating under a reenacted budget effectively means that funding for basic goods and services necessary to protect, if not uplift, peoples’ standard of living such as additional provision of cash assistance for the poorest or health support, will be effectively hampered. Further delay in the passage of the proposed budget law would be unfair to our people”, SWP Co-Convenor Ma. Victoria Raquiza said.
Such delay was largely due to the rescinding of support of the House of Representatives for the more efficient cash-based budgeting system that was introduced by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), thereby delaying the approval of the 2019 General Appropriations Bill (GAB). It is the first time in ten years since the government last operated on a reenacted budget. The reenactment of 2004 and 2006 budgets, under the term of then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, were both stretched for an entire year.
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