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The Palace expresses gratitude to Congress for passing the budget for 2022 so quickly.

Malacanang congratulated Congress on Thursday for approving the proposed PHP5.024 trillion national budget for 2022 in an “expeditious” manner.

This comes after the bicameral conference committee report on the 2022 General Appropriations Bill was ratified separately by the House of Representatives and the Senate (GAB).

In a statement, Acting Presidential Spokesperson Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said, “The Palace praises Congress for working tirelessly to promptly ratify the proposed national budget for 2022.”

The Palace considers next year’s budget “essential” for supporting the country’s Covid-19 resilience plans and sustaining socioeconomic recovery efforts, according to Nograles.

“We thank our legislative allies for guaranteeing that the Duterte administration’s final full-year budget will continue the legacy of meaningful change for future generations,” he added.

He also informed the people that funds for programs, projects, and services that will benefit all Filipinos will be allocated in the coming fiscal year’s budget.

“As we await its transmission to the President’s Office, we reiterate our commitment to using our people’s hard-earned money to effectively and efficiently implement programs, projects, and services throughout the duration of the President’s term,” he added.

The Senate ratified the report containing the reconciled version of the proposed national budget for 2022 that had been agreed upon by both houses of Congress through a bicameral conference committee on Wednesday.

In the afternoon of the same day, the House of Representatives ratified the report in a plenary session.

Sonny Angara, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, said the 2022 GAB would allocate PHP188.3 billion to the Department of Health (DOH), including PHP22.99 billion for the HFEP and PHP21 billion to help hospitals around the nation.

The Doktor Para sa Bayan Act, which would offer full medical scholarships in state universities and colleges (SUCs) to address the country’s doctor shortage, received close to PHP3 billion in funding from Congress.

President Rodrigo Duterte is anticipated to approve the bill before the end of the year in order to prevent the government from operating on a reenacted budget.

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