HOUSE committee on appropriations chairman and Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Zaldy Co is ready to lead plenary debates on the proposed P5.768-trillion national budget for 2024.
Budget deliberations at the House plenary are set to begin on Tuesday after panel discussions on House Bill (HB) No. 8980 or the 2024 General Appropriations Bill (GAB) concluded last week.
Co reiterated his committee’s commitment to facilitating a thorough and transparent budget process.
“Our overarching aim is to formulate a budget that serves both the immediate needs and long-term ambitions of our nation,” he said.
“This budget will serve as a cornerstone for sustainable development, inclusive growth and robust public services,” he added.
Committee hearings on the proposed 2024 national budget started on August 10 and succeeded on schedule. Co said they aim to complete plenary debates by September 27.
He added the public can expect comprehensive debates on specific elements of departmental appropriations for the upcoming plenary sessions.
“The objective is to create an open platform for balanced discussions, allowing all stakeholders to voice their opinions. In doing so, we aim to ensure that the final budget genuinely reflects the collective will and aspirations of our nation,” Co explained.
“Transparency is more than a mere term; it is a fundamental commitment. The public has the right to know how their resources are being allocated and it is our duty to provide that information,” he also emphasized.
Co likewise assured the public that the House Committee on Appropriations is well-prepared to take on the multifaceted and important task of national budget deliberations.
“We stand steadfast in fulfilling our responsibilities to our constituents and to the nation.
The Filipino people can look forward to comprehensive, transparent and focused discussions as we work to finalize the 2024 national budget,” he said.