THE country cannot afford to operate on a reenacted budget next year while there is still an ongoing pandemic, Senator Bong Go said, as it will be unresponsive to the needs of Filipinos. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF SENATE PHL
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go assured on Wednesday that the 2021 General Appropriations Bill (GAB), being finalized by the Bicameral Conference Committee which he attended earlier in the day, will be responsive to the needs of the Filipino people amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Go, also the vice chair of the Committee on Finance, reported that they deliberated on “minor changes” and is hopeful the GAB will be signed by President Rodrigo Duterte before the year ends.
“We have to pass the budget. As a senator, I am always ready to work. This is for the Filipino people. We have to give back the services they deserve,” he said during an ambush interview after his visit to fire victims in Quezon City.
Go assured the needs of Filipinos while the pandemic is ongoing were taken into consideration in the proposed 2021 budget.
“All programs related to our fight against COVID-19 are in the 2021 budget. Hopefully, by next week, both chambers of Congress will be able to ratify the bill,” he added.
In his previous statements, Go emphasized that the budget for 2021 must respond not only to the country’s goal to overcome the pandemic, but also help in the preparation for more responsive ways to deal with to other health crises.
“Let’s share in the hope of our countrymen and give them things to look forward to,” Go said.
The senator also said he will support shifting priorities and realigning spending policies to focus on containing the spread and mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, funding the procurement or production of vaccines, restarting the economy to create jobs and attract investments and alleviating poverty.
“As we move forward, we need to make long-lasting plans not only for our recovery but also for our sustainable future,” he said.
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