House okays 2014 budget bill on final reading-A A +A
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
WITH a vote of 219-22, the House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on third and final reading the proposed 2014 General Appropriations Bill (GAB).
The proposed budget for 2014 is P2.268 trillion.
Navotas City Representative Tobias Tiangco, also the secretary general of the United Nationalist Alliance, objected to the voting saying that copies of the GAB or House Bill 2630 were only provided to members of the House of Representatives on the same day of third reading approval.
"Ngayon lang natin nakuha ang kopya na lagpas 1,000 pages," Tiangco said of the three-book GAB.
The approved GAB will be sent to a bicameral conference committee composed of congressmen and senators who will reconcile conflicting provisions, if any, before the bicam report is ratified in Congress and sent to Malacanang for the President's approval.
The 2014 budget no longer contains the controversial priority development assistance fund (PDAF), the official name of the congressional pork barrel.
Instead the P25.2 million initially lumped as PDAF was distributed to several government agencies, which shall implement the usual soft (medical assistance and scholarships) and hard (infrastructure) projects proposed by congressmen. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)