House approves 2011 budget bicam report

Posted at 12/14/10 6:12 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to approve the bicameral conference committee report on the 2011 budget.

The P1.54 trillion budget was ratified by the lower house through a viva voce vote.

The House vote comes after the Senate on Monday ratified the report, which would now allow President Aquino to sign the bill into law before the new year.

The vote was stalled for around an hour due to questioning by critics of the Aquino government's first budget.

Bayan Muna Rep. Teodoro Casiño asked why not all members of the house were given a copy of the report before voting.

Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay, meanwhile, questioned why the provision allotting the savings from the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program to education and health, was removed.

Minority leader Rep. Edcel Lagman also questioned why the budget of P750 million for school buildings and P200 million for family health were both removed and were allotted to other items.

This is the first government budget to be ratified on time in more than a decade. Reports from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News