Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny,” Angara said in a statement on Saturday that the Senate has ensured that new laws signed by President Rodrigo Duterte will be given appropriations in the P4.1 trillion national budget for 2020.
The Angara, chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, said that legislation would be “useless” if they were not given the necessary resources to enact them.
Newly signed laws include the Republic Act 11194 or the Gabaldon School Buildings Act, which was signed last January by Duterte.
The Senate received P616 million for the implementation of the law under the Department of Education’s Department’s budget document on the 2020 General Appropriations Bill.
For the implementation of RA 11194 for 2019, the DepEd earned P2.06 billion, according to the Angara, but the Executive only offered the department a mere P383.9 million on the proposed national budget for 2020.
About 3,000 Gabaldon school buildings were built during the 1900s American occupation, but now, due to years of neglect, deterioration, and destruction, there are just over 1,400 of the structures remaining.
The 2020 national budget would also have a P1 billion allocation signed in February this year to enact the Republic Act 11230 or the “Tulong Trabaho Act.”
Under the law, the Authority for Technical Education and Skills Development will provide free access to Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), especially for out-of-school youth and the unemployed.
The Angara added that funding would be provided for the establishment of 50 new large-scale judges in the Republic Act 11459 or the Judges-at-Large Act — 30 in the regional courts and 20 in metropolitan trial courts.
The allocation will form part of the P2.5 billion added to the judiciary’s budget.
Meanwhile, funding to implement the Republic Act 11036 or the ‘ Mental Health Act, ‘ signed in June 2018, will see the Department of Health’s budget setting up a mental health hotline.
Read more related