Beng presides over sessions on P2.006T nat’l budget for 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 September 2012 14:19

On the 6th day of plenary consideration of the proposed P2.006-trillion national budget for the year 2013, House Deputy Speaker Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco will continue to preside over the marathon plenary sessions where the budget of various departments and agencies of government is being debated and examined item per item before its transmittal to the Senate.

Climaco, who is also the Representative of the First District of Zamboanga City, is very hopeful that this appropriations bill will be ready for approval by the Lower House on September 20.

Last week, she presided also on the budget deliberations for Department of Finance, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Agriculture, and NEDA.

“This is a budget for accelerated and sustained growth and people empowerment as defined by President Benigno Aquino III. We appreciate the executive department’s prompt submission of the proposed budget to Congress,”said the lady solon, expressing agreement to Budget Secretary Florencio Abad’s pronouncement that the proposal is an empowerment bill.

“We will ensure smooth plenary deliberations in order to advance transparency and public accountability  and also in the pursuit of good governance. With that, we are very confident that we will have the  2013 General Appropriations Act signed by the President before the year ends,” she said.

The House Committee on Appropriations chaired by Cavite Rep. Joseph Emilio Abaya terminated  its committee-level open hearings on September 3 which paved way for the plenary deliberations that started September 10.

Budget Secretary Abad stressed that the proposed 2013 P2.006-trillion national budget will hasten implementation of the priority programs under President Benigno Aquino’s “social contract” with the Filipino people.

Sec. Abad detailed the core principles of this “People Empowerment Budget” which include: 1) greater and deeper commitment to the Aquino Social Contract; 2) accelerated completion of priority program targets; 3) stronger government accountability to perform; 4) transparency for faster budget execution and clearer results; and 5) greater stakeholder participation in budget preparation and execution. In a statement, Abad also emphasized that the proposed budget reflects government’s focus on judicial reforms, quality education, the attainment of lasting peace and infrastructure programs including electrification projects to spur community development nationwide.

“Greater focus on the Social Contract means, among other goals, good governance to attain peace and rule of law, integrity of the environment, inclusive growth and elimination/reduction of poverty,” Abad further said. — Marvin Segura