2013 Proposed Budget, Pasado na sa Second Reading ng Kamara

admin   •   September 21, 2012   •   2463

FILE PHOTO: The House of Representative Plenary Hall (UNTV News)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Inaprubahan na sa ikalawang pagbasa ng mababang kapulungan ng Kongreso ang mahigit sa dalawang trilyong pisong budget ng pamahalaan para sa susunod na taon.

Sa ilalim ng panukalang pondo, ang Department of Education (DepED) ang may pinakamalaking pondo na nagkakahala ng P292.7 billion kung saan malaking bahagi nito ay ilalaan para punan ang kakulangan sa mga classroom, guro, upuan at textbooks.

Ngayong araw naman ang simula ng session break ng kamara upang bigyang panahon sa paghahain ng certificate of candidacy ang mga re-electionist.

Sa Oktubre 8, araw ng Lunes muling magbubukas ang sesyon sa kamara upang ipagpatuloy ang budget deliberation para sa mga amendment na nais gawin ng ilang kongresista.

Target naman ng kamara na tuluyang maipasa sa 3rd and final reading ang panukalang pondo sa sa darating na Oktubre 15.

Oras na maipasa sa kamara ang proposed budget ay agad na itong dadalhin sa Senado.

“Now, ano ang mangyayari pagdating sa senado? nagkakaroon na rin sila ng mga hearings pero yun ay official din pero walang bisa yun hanggang sa matanggap nila yung aming na-approve dito on 3rd reading,” pahayag ni House Speaker Sonny Belmonte.

Ayon naman kay House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Joseph Emilio Abaya, possible pang magkaroon ng amendments sa pondo ng hudikatura.

Ito ay upang maipatupad ng bagong Chief Justice ang mga reporma na nais niyang gawin.

“She’s a lot of programs in mind much needed judicial reforms and a lot of time to implement all of these.”

Samantala, hindi na makakasama pa si Abaya sa budget deliberation ng Bicameral Conference Committee dahil lilipat na ito sa DOTC, papalit sa kanya si House Committee on Appropriations Senior Vice Chairman Jocelyn Limkaichong. (Rico Rivadenera/Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Bicam approves proposed add’l taxes on cigarettes, salty foods, alcohol, vapor products

Maris Federez   •   December 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines— The two chambers of Congress have agreed on the final version of the Sin Tax Law.

The Bicameral Conference Committee on Wednesday (Dec. 18) approved the bill that proposes an additional tax on cigarettes, salty foods, alcohol and vapor products.

The bill provides for the application of the additional tax on fermented products from Php 35 in 2020 to Php 43 by the year 2024, while distilled products will be imposed with P35 to 66 taxes, wines with added Php 50 tax, and heated tobacco with additional Php 25 in the coming year.

The bicam has also approved the provision that prevents selling to vape products to buyers who are 21 years old and below.

“Kung ikaw ay hindi pa 21, definitely hindi pwede, tatanungin ka pa, nagyoyosi ka ba, kapag hindi ka nagyoyosi hindi ka pwede,” said House Committee on Ways and Means chairman, Rep. Joey Salceda.

This measure seeks to collect Php 24.9-Million taxes, and such will be used in the implementation of the Universal Health Care Act.

“I think all the health advocates sana mas mataas pa as a revenue measure, I had also hope na mas mataas,” Senate Committee on Ways and Means chair Pia Cayetano added.

The approved bill also provided for a clearer rule on VAT exemptions on medicines for diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.

And by 2023, medicines for mental health, cancer, and tuberculosis will also be VAT-exempt. — (from the report of Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

Lacson exposes alleged last minute ‘pork insertions’ in the 2020 National Budget

Marje Pelayo   •   December 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Bicameral Conference Committee finally has approved the P4.1T proposed national budget for next year.

However, Senator Panfilo Lacson revealed some last-minute ‘pork insertions’ in the proposed budget, the reason why he skipped the signing of the bicameral conference report on Wednesday night (December 12).

Lacson said he was sent a USB drive that contained the source files and the list files.

Based on their assessment, the source file contains 1,253 budget items amounting to more than P83-B.

Another file includes projects of congressmen amounting to P16-B that was inserted in the Bicam report.

The Lower House has yet to explain the two files.

It is, therefore, not clear if the total insertion was P83-B or P16-B.

Based on Lacson’s initial list, the provinces that obtained the largest allocations include Albay, Cavite, Sorsogon, Batangas, Bulacan, Pangasinan, and Cebu.

These were apart from the 117 flood control projects amounting to more than P3-B that was more suspicious.

Lacson expects President Rodrigo Duterte to veto the said questionable line items in the national budget.

Senator Vicente Sotto III said he will clarify with Senator Lacson the details of his discovery and to assess whether or not to elevate the issue to the President.

“Ang mangyayari sa atin ngayon niyan, in order not to delay the budget, we will just inform the Executive department. That’s the assessment of the Senate,” Sotto concluded. – MNP (with details from Nel Maribojoc)

Cayetano seeks review of National Building Code

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 30, 2019

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

House of Representatives (HOR) Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano is pushing for a review of the National Building Code after the 6.6 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday in parts of Mindanao (October 29).

“I think it’s about time that we take three drastic steps. Number one, to review the National Building Code,” he said.

House Bill 4008 or the Building Code of 2019 aims to repeal the Presidential Decree 1046 or the National Building Code of the country.

Under the proposed bill, there will be new building standards to reduce the risk of severe damage during calamities like earthquakes. Non-compliance with the said standards can also lead to criminal liability.

In a statement, House Deputy Speaker and 1-PACMAN Rep. Mikee Romero said it is high time to change Presidential Decree 1046 because it was passed into law in 1977.

He also said there is poor compliance to the National Building Code.

“It is abundantly clear that poor compliance with the National Building Code is part of the systemic reason for the deaths, injuries, and widespread damage in Mindanao because of today’s magnitude 6.6 earthquake and the magnitude 6.3 earthquake last October 16,” he said.

The House Bill 4008 will be one of the priority bills to be discussed in the House of Representatives once session resumes on November 4.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

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