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House will work “whole time” on the 2023 budget until the following week.

The House of Representatives will give the PHP5.268 trillion National Expenditure Program (NEP) for 2023 its full and undivided attention, a ranking lawmaker declared on Thursday. This comes after the passage of two non-budget bills that both the Marcos administration and the chamber’s leadership deemed urgent.

Following House Bill 4673’s third reading approval on Tuesday, which aims to postpone the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections for one year, House Majority Leader Manuel Jose Dalipe commented.

On Monday, the chamber also approved House Bill 14, which calls for the mandatory SIM card registration of all postpaid and prepaid mobile phones to reduce criminal activity facilitated by mobile phones.

The proposed Ease of Paying Taxes Act, which seeks to streamline the tax payment procedure, was also approved by the House on the second reading.

According to Dalipe, the House is committed to concluding floor and sponsorship debates by September 28 and passing the funding package on September 30.

The following government agencies’ budget proposals have already been adjourned from the plenary discussion: Philippine Space Agency, Film Development Council of the Philippines, Optical Media Board, Philippine Racing Commission, Office of the Ombudsman, Mindanao Development Authority, Anti-Red Tape Authority, Commission on Elections, Commission on Human Rights, including Human Rights Violation Victims’ Memorial Commission, Department of Science and Technology, including Attached Agencies, Department of Justice, including Attached Agencies;

The Philippine Center for Economic Development, the Games and Amusement Board, the Philippine Sports Commission, the Southern Philippines Development Authority, the Development Academy of the Philippines, the Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone Authority, the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, and the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan are all part of the Civil Service Commission.

National Commission for Culture and the Arts, National Library of the Philippines, National Archives of the Philippines, Commission on the Filipino Language, Philippine Competition Commission, Commission on Higher Education, State Universities and Colleges (NCR, Regions I to CARAGA Region, CAR, BARMM), and the Movie and Television Review and Cl

According to the Zamboanga City lawmaker, “the rate of development in the approval of the budget proposals of each government department has been extremely good and is within the schedule set by the House Committee on Rules and without any hiccups.”

He further stated that on September 28, the House is anticipated to finish the floor arguments and begin the period for amendments.

If necessary, we can work into the morning hours. To focus on the other equally crucial initiatives, we want to hasten the NEP’s approval. We expect to enact important additional laws during the 19th Congress, according to Dalipe.

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