Following the release of the P77.98-billion budget to various agencies by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Senator Bong Go said that there should no longer be delays in the release of funds under the Bayanihan to Recover as One (Bayanihan 2).
“DBM Secretary Wendell Avisado assured me that they are acting on all budget requests and will make sure that there will be no delays on their part as long as documentary requirements needed from concerned agencies are correct and complete,” said Go.
Go reiterated that executive agencies must work overtime to implement the COVID-19 recovery programs under Bayanihan 2 that has a stimulus package consisting of P140-billion regular appropriations and P25.5-billion standby funds.
“Siguraduhin natin na magagamit ang pera ng bayan ng tama. Siguraduhin natin na makakarating ang tulong sa pinaka-nangangailangan at pinaka-apektado nating mga kababayan. At siguraduhin natin na walang pinipiling oras ang ating pagtulong at pagserbisyo sa bayan. Every single peso counts, especially in times of crisis, and, in every minute wasted, lives are at stake,” the senator added.
Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte has given Avisado the power to approve the funds’ release under Bayanihan 2 following reports of backlogs.