Malacanang assures Congress of early disbursements of funds that will benefit Filipinos

November 23, 2011 10:47 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 23 — Malacanang has assured Congress of early disbursements of government’s funds in programs that will directly benefit the people and empower them to become productive citizens, a Palace official said on Wednesday.

"We can assure the legislature that we’ll be spending much, much earlier. Compared to this year when we started spending only in June, we will start spending come January," Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said during a regular press briefing in Malacanang.

The Aquino government, through the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), allocates funds for next year's priority programs to improve the business climate, develop infrastructure, accelerate agricultural infrastructure, and increase investments in health and education.

Acknowledging the importance of disbursing the 2012 budget as early as possible, Lacierda said the government came out with corrective measures to avoid delays in the implementation of programs next year.

"Basically, last year was a period that was spent in assessing the infrastructure with respect to disbursements. As you know, for instance, in the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) we’re looking at mechanisms by which we can correct the system. It was addressed by Secretary Rogelio Singson. We will have no problem spending as early as January," Lacierda said. (PNA)



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