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Senate okays proposed 2023 budget of PDEA

Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs. Photo from SenateSen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs. Photo from Senate 

WITH no objections from the senators in attendance, the proposed 2023 budget of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) was deemed approved by the Senate in plenary.Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, sponsored the proposed 2023 budget of PDEA pegged at P3.11 billion.On the resumption of the deliberations on the proposed P5.268-trillion national budget for 2023, dela Rosa said that the lion’s share of PDEA’s budget worth P1.82 billion will be allocated for the agency’s personnel services.During the plenary debates on the proposed P3.11 billion FY 2023 budget of PDEA, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano proposed the appointment of PDEA attachés in other countries to deter the entry of illegal drugs into the country.Cayetano urged his colleagues in the Senate to bring up his suggestion to appoint PDEA attachés when the House of Representatives and the Senate panels meet in the Bicameral Conference Committee hearing on the proposed P5.268-trillion national budget for 2023.The Senate has been holding marathon plenary debates to ensure that House Bill (HB) 4488 or the 2023 General Appropriations Act (GAA) would be approved on final reading by November 21.

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