MANILA, Philippines – Nakatakdang pirmahan na ni Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos Jr. sa Miyerkules, Disyembre 20, ang proposed P5.768 trilyong budget para sa 2024, sabay-sabing ang isyu sa confidential funds ng Office of the Vice President ay “settled” na.
“So, I’m fairly comfortable with the way the budget has turned out. We just have to do a little work over the year to make sure that we cover the differential between the actual, appropriated funds and the funds that have been appropriated by Congress, by the House and the Senate,” ayon sa Pangulo.
Idinagdag pa niya na ang “gap” ay nananatili sa pagitan ng mga pondo na inilatag para sa 2024 budget at “the funds that we have collected thus far.”
“There’s a certain amount that we now have extra, that we now have to collect, but I’m confident in that because we’re changing the system in Customs, we’re changing, well, the BIR has been very efficient at making the collections but we are still providing new initiatives to make business easier, and also to increase our collection,” aniya.
Sumagot din si Marcos tungkol sa pag-aalis sa P500 milyon na proposed confidential at intelligence funds na inihihirit ng Office of the Vice President, maging ang P150 milyong confidential funds ng Department of Education (DepEd) kung saan kapwa itong pinangungunahan ni Vice President Sara Duterte.
“Well, that was actually the initiative of the Vice President… I’m not actually talking about the confidential funds and to not insist that they have such confidential fund…So, I think, as far as I’m concerned, it is a settled issue,” ani Marcos.
Inihayag naman ng Pangulo na ang 2023 ay ang taon ng ‘structural changes’ para sa pamahalaan, “for example our fiscal policy, even our monetary policy, our spending policy”—as the country moves away from “the COVID economy.”
“[T]hose structural changes should start to, well, they already have but they will even have a greater effect in 2024 than they did in 2023,” dagdag pa niya.
“They are just, some of the changes that we did to the fiscal, tax structure, some of the changes that we did to the ease of doing business, all of these things have are just beginning to work now because it’s only now that we have put the—we have changed the structure of the different agencies and equally importantly that we are beginning to find the best people for each of those positions,” pagpapatuloy niya.
Para sa 2024, target niya naman na ipagpatuloy ang modernization efforts.
“Medyo obsolete na ‘yung ibang structure natin sa gobyerno. That we continue to modernize, we continue to be responsive to the new economy, that we position ourselves properly.
Again, we’re moving—we’re moving in the right direction. But if you ask me, I always say it’s too slow, it’s too slow, it’s too slow. So, we will just keep pushing and pushing and pushing para matapos lahat ito. So that we can start to feel the effects of those changes that we made,” pagtatapos ni Marcos. RNT/JGC