MANILA – To ensure that there will be no more delays, the Senate is set to prioritize the passage of the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 when the session resumes this week.
Senate Majority Leader Migz Zubiri said over the weekend the Senate Finance Committee plans to conduct marathon hearings to ensure the budget’s on time passage.
“The Senate Finance Committee will definitely be busy conducting marathon hearings on the proposed P4.1 trillion National Government budget for next year,” Zubiri said in a statement.
According to Zubiri, it is important for the national budget measure to be passed on time as the government had operated on a re-enacted budget during the early months of 2019.
“We had experienced difficulties when we failed to pass the 2019 Budget on time,” he explained. “We had a re-enacted budget for the first semester of this year forcing National Government agencies to compress their timelines. Consequently, many important programs and projects for the benefit of our people were delayed.”
Zubiri also said that before the Senate’s recess, senators have passed Resolution No. 154 that authorizes all committees to conduct hearings, meetings and consultations during the recess to have continuity in the process of passing pending proposed legislation./PN