‘Don’t delay 2020 budget’ —Makati rep to incoming congressmen
Reelected Makati City Rep. Luis Campos Jr. on Sunday warned against a repeat of the “costly” 2019 budget crisis, saying the next batch of congressmen must pass the budget on time.
“When the government sneezes, the economy catches a cold,” Campos, a deputy minority leader, said.
“When the biggest consumer – the national government – is unable to spend dynamically due to a deferred budget, the entire economy suffers,” he added.
The next Congress can pass the 2020 budget by the last week of November or the first week of December, according to Campos.
“Budget delays are extremely harmful. We had that foul episode in Makati, wherein obstructionist city councilors nastily held hostage and then sabotaged the passage of this year’s local budget,” Campos said.
“Makati residents were deprived of improved public services, social benefits and development projects,” Campos said.
Malacañang is expected to submit to Congress the proposed General Appropriations Act for 2020 within 30 days from the opening of the regular session on July 22.
The four-month delay in the passage of the 2019 budget contributed in a big way to the slower-than-expected economic growth in the first quarter, Campos said.
The delay was due to bicameral bickering over controversial pork barrel allocations.
The President signed into law the P3.7-trillion budget for this year only last April 15.