Inilarawan ni Senador Sonny Angara, chairman ng Senate committee on finance, ang 2020 General Appropriations Act (GAA) bilang unang ‘legacy budget’ ng administrasyong Duterte.
“The 2020 GAA could be described as the first legacy budget of the Duterte administration,” sabi ni Angara sa isang statement.
“In the last three years of the administration, there will be an uptick in the implementation of infrastructure projects, particularly the flagship projects, which are meant to improve the everyday lives of the people,” dagdag nito.
Sa ilalim ng 2020 GAA, ang Department of Public Works and Highways ang nakatanggap ng pinakamalaking net increase na umabot sa P51.129 bilyon.
“The idea is to complete as many projects as possible by the time President Duterte ends his term in 2022,” ani Angara.
“For the more complex projects, the plan is to get the ball rolling already so that the next administration will just continue these and complete them during their term,” dagdag nito.
Binigyan din ng prayoridad sa 2020 GAA ang education at social services, gayundin ang conditional cash transfer o Pantawid Pamilang Pilipino Program para mabawasan ang kahirapan sa bansa.
Nakapaloob din sa 2020 budget ang dagdag benepisyo para sa mga senior citizen, kabilang ang kanilang social pension na P6,000 kada taon.
Ang Top 10 budget sa ilalim ng 2020 GAA ay ang mga sumusunod:
1. Education (DepEd, SUCs, CHED, TESDA) – P654.6 billion
2. Department of Public Works and Highways – P580.8 billion
3. Department of Interior and Local Government – P239.8 billion
4. Department of National Defense – P191.7 billion
5. Department of Social Welfare and Development – P163.8 billion
6. Department of Health – P101 billion
7. Department of Transportation – P99.3 billion
8. Department of Agriculture – P62.2 billion
9. Judiciary – P40.1 billion
10. Department of Environment and Natural Resources – P25.5 billion.