“In line with the mandate of the DepEd in ensuring access to quality basic education for all Filipino learners, there is an imperative need to safeguard the interest of public school sites from being subjected to disposal, sale, lien or encumbrance, and against reconveyance suits and claims for payment from private entity/individual or heirs of donors. After all, a school is our children’s second home.”
A crowd like this always evokes a strong feeling of sentimentality. Like most of you in this hall, I am certainly at the point in my life where I often turn my gaze back over the past and see if those years have really mattered — not only for myself, but for the people who have entrusted me a seat in public office, and for my country that has given me so much in my present life.
Sen. Lacson proposed institutional amendments to the P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020. These include added funding for landmark programs of the administration, such as the PhilSys (National ID) program, the Universal Health Program, and free tuition. He also sought to deduct funding from programs of agencies such as the DPWH and DoTr due to their underutilization of funds, and realign them to more worthwhile projects.
Citing the need for transparency, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson has made public the details of the institutional amendments he proposed in the P3.7-trillion national budget for 2019.
Lacson expressed hope other proponents of amendments to the budget will do the same, to remove speculations that the bicameral conference committee is a venue for “horse trading” and compromises among legislators.
“In the spirit of transparency, I instructed my staff to make public all my amendments in the 2019 national budget. I hope all proponents will do the same to remove all suspicions that the bicameral conference is a venue for sneaky horse trading among legislators,” he said in a post on his Twitter account.
– with DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, Usec Alain Pascua and Asec Tonisito Umali; PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa; Senate President Koko Pimentel, and Senators Tito Sotto, JV Ejercito, Risa Hontiveros, Bam Aquino, Joel Villanueva, Manny Pacquiao, Richard Gordon, Migz Zubiri (some photos courtesy Henzberg Austria, Mark Jasmin)