SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
The House of Representatives is transmitting today the approved copy of the P4.506-trillion 2021 General Appropriations Bill to the Senate one day ahead of the promised date.
This record-high budget was designed to further strengthen government response and stimulate economic recovery in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Not only did we pass the proposed 2021 national budget in a timely, constitutional and legal manner, we also made sure next year’s spending plan will be more reflective and responsive to the needs of the people amid the worst public health crisis in a generation.
We increased the allocation for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines by more than three-fold to cover more Filipinos. We also provided extra allocation for the facilities enhancement program of the Department of Health to help improve the country’s health care system.
The House-approved version of the budget also has additional funding for the Department of Labor and Employment to aid workers displaced by COVID-19 and for the Department of Social Welfare and Development for another round of financial assistance to families affected by the pandemic.
The House could not have done it without its hardworking and dedicated members, including the Secretariat, who worked till the wee hours of the morning on a number of occasions to ensure that we pass a budget that is fair, equitable, timely and responsive to the needs of the country as we fight this very serious public health and economic crisis. I am grateful to them for making this chamber truly the House representing the people.