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In the final six months of Duterte’s presidency, the government will expedite programs.

Malacanang stated that in the final six months of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term, the national government will “fast pace” all initiatives and projects aimed at improving the lives of Filipinos, as the proposed national budget for 2022 is set to be signed into law on Thursday.

“Tomorrow, naka-schedule po ang pagpirma ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte ng 2022 general appropriations bill,” acting Presidential Spokesperson Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a Palace press briefing on Wednesday.

The government will not run on a reenacted budget after the signing of the second pandemic-era budget.

“We may assume that in the remaining six months of President Duterte’s tenure, we would implement and fast-track lahat ng mga programa, proyekto, and activities na nakapaloob sa (all programs, projects, and activities mandated in the) 2022 national budget,” he added.

These programs and projects, according to Nograles, must be completed before the upcoming 45-day moratorium on new projects ahead of the national elections in May 2022.

“Kailangan natin gawin ito dahil may (We need to do this because there is an) election ban, so we have to apply it now bago mag election ban para maramdaman agad ng ating mga kababayan,” he remarked.

Meanwhile, he praised the findings of a poll showing that the majority of Filipinos are looking forward to 2022 “with hope rather than fear.”

According to the Social Weather Stations (SWS) study, 93 percent of respondents indicated they would welcome the New Year with optimism, while only 7% said they would do so with trepidation in 2022.

Despite the current pandemic, Nograles urged the public to do their bit in making the coming year a better one.

“Nandito ang gobyerno para gawin ang lahat ng makakaya, but kailangan din namin ang tulong ninyo,” says the narrator. We can overcome the issues we face in Covid if we work together. (We need your support.) Patuloy natin gawin ang nararapat (The government is here to do its best.) We can overcome the obstacles associated with the coronavirus illness 2019) with everyone’s cooperation,” he stated.

Duterte is set to sign the proposed PHP5.024 trillion national budget on December 28, according to acting Budget Secretary Tina Rose Canda, with some provisions open for veto.

The signing of next year’s budget has been postponed, according to Nograles, because the Office of the President is still vetting and reviewing it.

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