House extends availability of 2018 budget

MANILAThe House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a joint resolution seeking to extend the availability of the 2018 appropriations for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) and capital outlays (COs) until Dec. 31, 2019.

With 194 affirmative votes, six negative votes and no abstention, the lower chamber approved House Joint Resolution No. 32, authored by Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr., Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, and Compostela Valley Rep. Maria Carmen Zamora.

According to HJR 32, there are appropriations that have not been released and allotment that have not been obligated, which shall automatically result in the reversion to the national treasury.

The resolution seeks to extend the validity of the MOOE and CO appropriations to fund priority projects, aid and relief activities as well as for the maintenance, construction/repair and rehabilitation of schools, hospitals, roads, bridges and other essential facilities of the national government.

Andaya earlier said the joint resolution would ensure that there are funds available for the rehabilitation of Marawi City. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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