Nagpahayag ng suporta ang ilang senador sa panukalang palawigin ang validity o bisa ng 2021 General Appropriations Act (GAA) hanggang Disyembre 2022.
Ayon kay Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, nararapat lang na palawigan ang bisa nito dahil sa mababang disbursement rate na 31.5 porsiyento bunga ng nangyayaring pandemya.
“That means, for every P1,000 the Congress appropriated, only P300 is disbursed this year. That is unacceptable especially when we look at the statistics: 4.2 million Filipino families experiencing involuntary hunger and four million Filipinos unemployed,” ani Drilon
“We should use the budget in order to generate economic activities, feed Filipinos and create jobs amid the pandemic,” diin nito.
“Underspending is like a disease that impedes our growth. I urge Congress to carry out its oversight of the national budget and monitor the spending of the budget,” punto pa ni Drilon.
Umaasa si Senador Sonny Angara, chair ng Senate finance committee, na susuportahan din ng iba pang senador ang panukalang ito.
“We personally support the extension and hopefully our colleagues in the Senate will too because of the extended lockdowns and occurrences budget and project implementation has been less efficient and smooth,” ayon kay Angara.
“And rather than the funds reverting back to the national treasury, it would be better for the country’s recovery if we were to extend the effectivity of the 2021 budget in order to implement projects and fund programs which might have been delayed during the year for one reason or another,” dagdag po nito.
Sabi naman ni Senador Panfilo Lacson, “I have always questioned the practicality of shifting from obligation-based budgeting system in favor of a cash-based system.”
“Since it was adopted by the DBM under then Sec. Diokno, I don’t remember a GAA’s one year validity not being extended either via a joint resolution or a law being passed by Congress. So what’s the point?” punto pa nito. (Dindo Matining)
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