House reso seeks extension of 2018 budget ‘shelf life’

November 21, 2018

IN a bid to sustain funding for the ongoing rehabilitation of Marawi City, the House of Representatives wants to extend the availability of the 2018 national budget.

The House approved on second reading Joint Resolution No. 32 or the Joint Resolution Extending the Availability of the 2018 Appropriations for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) and Capital Outlay (CO) to December 31, 2019.

The 2018 national budget is P3.767 trillion.

Likewise, the joint resolution stressed the need to provide funds for the MOOE and CO of different government agencies and priority projects.

Under Republic Act 10964 or the General Appropriations Act of 2018, the validity of the MOOE and CO has been limited to one year.

However, the country has been affected by several devastating calamities such as Typhoons Rosita and Ompong, floodings caused by southwest monsoon in many regions of the country.

“The onslaught of the said calamities destroyed vital infrastructures and affected the delivery of basic services to the affected communities,” the resolution said.

According to the solons, there are appropriations that have not been released and allotment issued that have not been obligated which shall automatically result in the reversion of the unexpended appropriations.

They stressed that there are so many unfinished projects involving construction or repair of school buildings, hospitals, roads, bridges, and other essential facilities of national and local government.

Authors of the resolution are Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, House Majority Leader Rolando “Nonoy” Andaya Jr., Compostela Valley Rep. Maria Carmen Zamora, and House Minority Leader and Quezon Rep. Danilo “Danny” Suarez.

In a press conference, Andaya said the Senate leadership agreed to also pass the measure.