Ralph Recto: No one to blame on oversight in proposed 2019 budget
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto called on the Senate to “re-channel” budget “from low-priority and postponable expenditures” into new laws expected to be signed within the year.
The Batangas politiko said gaps in the proposed 2019 budget are expected.
“No one is to be blamed for the oversight, as these unfunded mandates arose from laws passed after the 2019 national budget has been prepared in the executive branch,” Recto said.
Some of the bills that may be signed within the year include the Rice Tarrification Bill, the Coco Levy Bill, the Bangsamoro Organic Law, and the Universal Healthcare Bill.
Recto said natural disasters experienced by the country “also contributed to the need to recast portions of the budget.”
“The damage caused by Ompong, to cite just one typhoon, will cost billions to repair and was impossible to forecast,” he said.
“The truth is, developments break while the budget is being heard in Congress. The correct response is to try to accommodate them in the budget and not to totally ignore them,” Recto said.
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