SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
It was a productive first day of session after a month-long recess as the House of Representatives on Monday approved two important measures on 3rd and final reading, namely, the extension of the availability of the 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and the postponement of the May 2020 elections to the first Monday of December 2022.
House Joint Resolution No. 19 authored by Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, Reps. Ronaldo Zamora (Lone District, San Juan City) and Joel Mayo Almario (2nd District, Davao Oriental), proposes to amend Republic Act No. 11260 so that the validity of the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) as well as the Capital Outlay (CO) of the 2019 GAA can be utilized until December 31, 2020. It received 199 affirmative votes, without negative votes and abstention.
House Members sought the extension of the budget since the late enactment of the 2019 GAA and the election ban early this year resulted in the delay of the implementation of infrastructure projects and delivery of basic social services, which gravely distressed the Filipino people.
Meanwhile, garnering 194 positive votes, 6 negative votes and zero abstention, House Bill No. 4933 principally authored by Rep. Faustino “Inno” Dy (6th District, Isabela) also hurdled 3rd and final reading. Once passed into law, it shall amend Republic Act No. 9164 and postpone the May 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to the first Monday of December 2022 to allow incumbent elected barangay and SK officials to continue implementing various policies and complete programs affected by the budget delays early this year.
The approval of these measures just as session resumed is proof that the House is intent on prioritizing key proposed legislation that shall help provide a safe and comfortable life to the Filipinos.