House set to approve 2014 budget next week-A A +A
Monday, October 14, 2013
THE House of Representatives is set to approve on third and final reading the proposed General Appropriations Bill (GAB) next week, October 21, without the usual priority development assistance fund (PDAF) budgetary item.
"October 21 is the target date for the 3rd and final reading...We already approved the budget on second reading. The period of debates has already been closed. The third reading is the final step in legislation in which individual votes will be taken and recorded," Davao City Representative Isidro Ungab, chairman of the House committee on appropriations, said.
House members earlier agreed to remove the controversial PDAF from the proposed 2014 budget following public outrage over the supposed abuse in the use of the pork barrel system. Detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles allegedly used the PDAF of members of Congress to fund dubious non-government organizations (NGOs).
Meanwhile, Leyte Representative Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, the leader of the House independent bloc, called on the leadership to consider their proposed amendments to the GAB or House Bill 2630.
"We propose that, as much as practicable, all lump sum and/or special purpose funds (SPFs) be dissolved and subjected to line item budgeting and the allocated funds dispersed to the appropriate line agencies," Romualdez said. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)