House OKs 2019 national budget


THE proposed P3.757-trillion national budget for 2019 has been approved on third and final reading by the House of Representatives on Tuesday with an overwhelming vote of 196-8-0 during the House’s plenary session.

The chamber approved House Bill 8169, or the proposed 2019 General Appropriation Act, more than a month after they approved it on second reading on October 3 and came amid calls from senators that the measure be transmitted to them considering that there are only a few days left before Congress goes on a break on December 12.

The 2019 national budget is the first budget scheme to use the cash-based budgeting system.