SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
29 November 2021 07:29:50 PM
The House of Representatives under the leadership of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco approved on third and final reading Monday, House Bill 10373, which would extend the availability of the 2021 national budget to December 31, 2022. The measure received 168 affirmative votes, six negative votes, and zero abstention. It would amend for the purpose Section 62 of the General Provisions of Republic Act 11518 or the 2021 General Appropriations Act. The approval of the bill would allow government agencies to fully utilize the budget approved for fiscal year 2021 for the implementation of priority programs and projects. Also passed on third and final reading was HB 3255. Garnering 175 affirmative votes, it would provide for the establishment of a Timbangan ng Bayan Center in all markets nationwide. The bill seeks to provide the buying public with an effective means of checking the accuracy of the weight and the quantity of the goods they are buying. It also aims to discourage vendors from committing any dishonesty or irregularity in the selling of their goods. Other bills approved on final reading were: 1) HB 10296, intensifying local government participation in national development by increasing the share of local government units in national taxes; 2) HB 10303, providing stronger measures to preserve agricultural lands and regulate their conversion for non-agricultural purposes; and 3) HB 10305, mandating the playing of Philippine music in hotels, resorts, restaurants, tourist buses, and all international flights coming into the country. The hybrid session was presided over by Deputy Speakers Juan Pablo Bondoc and Kristine Singson-Meehan.