PH gov to run under reenacted budget law in 2019

Were it not for Section 25 of Article VI of the 1987 Constitution, there would have been a government shutdown due to the failure of Congress to pass the general appropriations bill for 2019.

The 17th Congress failed to pass the proposed P3.757-trillion budget for 2019 on time, as it adjourned for 2018. The House of Representatives adjourned session on Wednesday, December 12. The Senate adjourned a day later, Thursday, December 13, as it continued with budget deliberations.

With the non-passage of the budget, the government would have to operate under a reenacted allocation in early 2019. This means it will run based on the 2018 budget, which is P3.767 trillion. It will be the first time in 8 years, or since 2010, that the government will operate under a reenacted budget.

SOURCE: Camille Elemia (2018). Congress adjourns, fails to pass 2019 budget on time. @CamilleElemia. Published 7:35 PM, December 13, 2018. Updated 8:05 PM, December 13, 2018.

If, by the end of any fiscal year, the Congress shall have failed to pass the general appropriations bill for the ensuing fiscal year, the general appropriations law for the preceding fiscal year shall be deemed re-enacted and shall remain in force and effect until the general appropriations bill is passed by the Congress. (Section 25 of Article VI of the 1987 Constitution)