House leaders laud Aquino for signing 2014 budget
House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. lauded President Benigno Aquino III for signing the P2.265-trillion 2014 national budget.
“We laud President Aquino for signing the 2014 national budget into law without delay and without doubt in our earnest bid to help our calamity-stricken countrymen by including a budget provision for a P100-billion rehabilitation and reconstruction fund for areas that have been affected by recent natural and man-made calamities,” Belmonte said in a statement issued Friday.
Belmonte noted that the House members did their best to examine the national budget.
Belmonte said they also assured their deliberations won’t delay its plenary approval and eventual ratification of the bicameral conference committee report.
“House members exercised prudence in studying and scrutinizing the budget to ensure that every centavo is necessary and will be wisely spent. We also thank and acknowledge all agencies of the Executive Department, the Constitutional Offices and other stakeholders for their cooperation and contribution during the committee and plenary discussions of the national budget,” Belmonte said.
Meanwhile, Davao City 3rd district Representative Isidro Ungab also recognized Aquino.
“I believe it is the leadership of President Aquino, Speaker Belmonte and Senate President Drilon that made things happen. This signals to the world financial community that the Philippine government means business and it projects an image of stability on fiscal matters,” Ungab said in a statement.
Ungab said the lawmakers were able to find solutions regarding different issues without sacrificing their main objective which is to have the 2014 national budget approved.
Ungab also defended the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) from critics. He said it has been realigned to different executive agencies meant to deliver social services such as education, health and public works.
Earlier, Aquino signed the P2.265 trillion 2014 national budget.