Newbie lawmakers hear lectures on lawmaking, budget process

June 26, 2019

NEWLY elected members of the House of Representatives were given information and briefing on lawmaking and the budget process.

The deliberation on the proposed national budget of every fiscal year starts in the House of Representatives.

For this week about 30 neophyte solons, who will be part of the 18th Congress, attended the House of Representatives Executive Course on Legislation.

It was former Davao City Representative and now Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles who briefed the budget process with an emphasis on the legislative system.

Nograles explained that the budget is how the administration enables its policies to be operationalized and implemented.

“The budget actually puts our money where our mouth is. Kahit anong polisiya ang sinasabi ng isang administration, kung hindi mo naman sinusuportahan ng budget iyan, that’s just empty rhetoric. So literally, this clearly defines what the policy of the administration is. Pag sinabing Build Build Build, put your money where your mouth is. Kasi otherwise, puro kwentuhan lang iyan,” he said.

Nograles also stressed the role of the House in ensuring that budget is passed on time and that the development and growth of the country remain on track.

“Importante kay Pangulo na maipasa natin ang budget on time kasi alam naman natin ang mangyayari kung hindi on time ang pagpasa ng budget. Magkakaroon ito ng effect sa economic growth ng bansa… Of course you play the major role, because you have the constitutional duty to pass a General Appropriations Act every year. And like I said, pag hindi kayo nakapasa ng budget on time, then you will have a reenacted budget,” he added.

Meanwhile, Markina Rep. Romero Quimbo, a former Deputy Speaker, tackled the committees in the House—their functions, responsibilities, and contributions to legislative and nonlegislative mandates of the House. He also gave advice on how to navigate the legislative process with the support of the House Secretariat.

“You have to pick your spots. If you step on the toes of too many people, you’re bound to get into the crosshairs of the leadership. So konting ingat din, konting ingat at maging sensitive tayo,” he said.

Quimbo also reminded the incoming Representatives to respect the House Secretariat and turn to it for guidance and support.