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Commentary: Congress approval of 2007 budget

Tacloban City (December 14) -- The move of Congress to approve the proposed 2007 National Budget is a most welcomed and laudable move. For once, finally, the two houses of Congress have put their acts together and come up with a consensus. Indeed, this marks a major event in the history of this Congress.

The united decision by the two houses of Congress to pass the proposes P1.126 trillion budget for 2007 before the Christmas recess, is indeed a good Christmas gift for the Filipino people especially those in most need of socioeconomic intervention to rise from poverty and destitution.

The Filipino people, however, join President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, in seeking for the reconsideration of the lawmakers on the revisions to the original version of the General Appropriations Act of 2007, particularly those pertaining to the funding of vital infrastructure programs that would raise the investments and jobs in the super regions.

As the President said, this budget will further increase the momentum of the economy and the flow-down of services sto the people including those in the typhoon-damaged areas.

During its bicameral meeting, the two houses of Congress agreed to approve the budget ceiling and to include budget for the rehabilitation of the typhoon stricken areas in the country.

When the Senators approved the 2007 Budget on Monday, they slashed the uprogrammed funds from P67 billion to 46 billion. The Senated also slashed the budget of the Presidential Commission on Good Government from P74 million to P1.00 based on the recommendation made by Senator Enrile. The rest of the PCGG Budget will go to the budget of the Bureau of Customs.

The Senate also cut the budget for the Visiting Forces Agreement from P2.2 million to P100, based on the recommendation of Senator Mirriam Santiago.

It is prayed that the members of Congress will listen to the voice of the people and restore the original budget. The economy is on the roll backed by growing political consensus and stability.

With the move of the two houses of Congress, the Filipino people face the coming year with hope, optimism and solid dynamism. (PIA 8) [top]

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