Aquino admin pushing for priority measures in 16th Congress

July 31, 2014 9:57 am 

By Leslie D. Venzon

MANILA, July 30 (PNA) — The Aquino administration is pushing for the passage of at least three priority measures in the 16th Congress, including the proposed P2.6-trillion national budget for 2015, a Palace official said on Wednesday.

In a Palace press briefing, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the other measures are the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and the Fiscal Rationalization Act.

“We are continuing to engage the congressional leaders on those bills. ‘Yon po ay patuloy na gagawin pa rin ng ating Pangulo at ng ating executive branch together with the congressional branch,” he said.

Lacierda said President Benigno S. Aquino III is looking forward to Congress’ approval of next year’s proposed national budget before December.

The P2.6-trillion proposed budget for 2015, or 15 percent higher than this year’s budget, listed key expenditures: social protection and social services, job generation and economic expansion, climate change adaptation and mitigation and enabling environment for inclusive development.

Meanwhile, Lacierda said the government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are threshing out issues to ensure that the provisions of the draft BBL will be approved by Congress before the year ends.

Moreover, he said the administration is also calling on the Congress for the passage of the Fiscal Incentives Rationalization Act.

The reform bill aims to build a transparent and accountable mechanism in the grant of tax incentives. (PNA)

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