President Duterte on national budget for 2022: “Maubos kaya natin ‘to?”
On Thursday, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2022 or the national budget for 2022.
Ratified by both House of Representatives and the Senate on December 15, the PHP 5.024-trillion national budget for 2022 contained COVID-19-related allocations — including PHP 50 billion for booster shots and at least PHP 50 billion for the Special Risk Allowances of medical frontliners.
Also, there were allocations for the COVID-19 Laboratory Network Commodities; procurement of medicines, drugs, and vaccines that will be approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration); Department of Health epidemiology and surveillance program; and DOH’s Health Facilities Enhancement Program.
The national budget for 2022 was 11.5 percent higher than the PHP 4.506-trillion budget for 2021.
In his speech at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace in Manila on Thursday, the President expressed his appreciation to the members of Congress for ensuring the timely ratification of the national budget for 2022.
According to the President, the passage of the national budget for 2022 “reflects the healthy collaboration among all branches of government”, which was crucial to the attainment of national development goals, especially during these trying times.
The national budget for 2022, according to the President, also reaffirmed the government’s strong commitment to providing a more comfortable and productive life for every Filipino.
“This will also cement this administration’s legacy of real change for future generations, guided by the three main pillars of Building Resilience amidst the Pandemic, Sustaining the Momentum towards Recovery, and Continuing the Legacy of Infrastructure Development,” President Duterte said.
Malacañang said that the budget will fund the rehabilitation and relief efforts for victims of typhoon “Odette”, which devastated communities in several regions days before Christmas.
Cabinet Secretary and acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles said on Wednesday that with a new budget, they’ll be able to address the need for construction materials in areas worst hit by the typhoon.
“With a new budget, with the fresh sourcing of funds from the NDRRM (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management) funds, the fresh sourcing of funds from the 2022 GAA, plus fresh QRF (Quick Response Fund), we will be able to address the need for construction materials of our countrymen worst-hit by Typhoon Odette,” Nograles said.
Meanwhile, the President signed the law establishing the Department of Migrant Workers.