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Marcos vetoes three items in the national budget for 2023.

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The PHP5.268 trillion national budget for 2023 has three measures that President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has vetoed.

The Office of the Secretary (OSEC) of the Departments of Education (DepEd) and Tourism (DOT) is given the authority to establish a revolving fund and to prohibit the use of funds to change the tourism campaign slogan, respectively, according to Malacanang, which issued a press release on Wednesday. The commission of the Department of Labor and Employment is given the authority to use its income, and the revolving fund establishment is allowed.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), Special Provision No. 1, “Use of Income,” Volume 1-A, Page 1157, are among the measures that the President vetoed, according to Malacanang.

The aforementioned money “already constitutes part of the revenue and finance sources of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 National Expenditure Program,” according to Marcos.

Citing Section 65 of Presidential Decree (PD) 1445, also known as the Government Auditing Code of the Philippines, he stated that income accruing to agencies as a result of the provisions of the law, orders, and regulations “shall be deposited in the National Treasury or in any duly authorized government depository and shall accrue to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund of the Government,” unless otherwise specifically provided by law.

He referenced Executive Order (EO) 292 Section 45, Chapter 5, Book VI, which states that “receipts shall be documented as income of Special, Fiduciary or Trust Funds or Funds other than the General Fund only when allowed by law.”

The President noted that the fact that the NLRC lacks the authorization to use its income in accordance with current laws is notable. Furthermore, the NLRC’s budget under this Act already fully meets the funding needs for its activities.

Due to the fact that “no legislation authorizes the DepEd to establish a revolving fund,” Marcos also vetoed the DepEd-OSEC, Special Provision No. 4, “Revolving Fund of DepEd TV,” Volume I-A, Page 197.

DepEd TV “is not a business-type activity of the DepEd,” he stated.

According to the General Provision on Revolving Funds in the FY 2023 General Appropriations Act, only business-type activities are eligible to use revolving funds (GAA).

The final item that Marcos vetoed was the clause in DOT-OSEC, Special Provision No. 4, “Branding Campaign Program,” Volume I-B, page 313 that states, “In no case shall the appropriations be utilized to change the tourism campaign slogan.” Marcos vetoed this clause because it restricts how the Executive Branch may carry out its duties in enforcing RA 9593, also known as the Tourism Act of 2009, through its implementation.

According to RA 9593, the DOT is required to serve as the major planning, programming, coordinating, implementing, and regulatory government agency in the growth and promotion of the tourism industry on a national and international level.

Its job is to encourage travel as a catalyst for the nation’s economical and cultural development.

A copy of Marcos’ veto message has not yet been made public by Malacanang.

Amenah Pangandaman, the budget secretary, predicted last week that Marcos will veto two to three items in the 2023 federal budget.

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