Palace confirms Duterte signed re-enacted budget
Rodrigo Duterte has signed a resolution from Congress, extending the validity of 2018’s P3.767-trillion budget until December 31, 2019.
Malacañang released a copy of Joint Resolution 3 on Thursday, January 3, although the President signed it on December 28 yet.
Under Joint Resolution 3, Duterte extended the validity and period of availabity of the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) and Capital Outlays “for the benefit of the people and for the welfare of the nation.”
It effectively allows the national government to operate on a re-enacted budget this fiscal year, following the Congress’s failure to approve the proposed P3.575-trillion budget for 2019.
On November 20, The House of Representatives approved the proposed national budget for 2019, three weeks after deliberations. The Senate, on the other hand, failed to approve the proposed 2019 budget before Congress went on a holiday break because of the House of Representatives’s delayed submission of the 2019 General Appropriations Bill.
Under a re-enacted budget scheme, the government will be using the appropriations of the immediately preceding fiscal year, the 2018 General Appropriations Act, while the proposed 2019 budget has yet to be approved. The Senate is expected to approve the
proposed 2019 budget within this month.
In the meantime, the Senate and the House approved their respective resolutions on December 10 and November 26, extending the validity of the 2018 appropriations for the MOOE and capital outlays until the end of 2019. Joint Resolution 3 was a consolidation of House Joint Resolution 32 and Senate Joint Resolution 17.