DEPUTY Speaker and Batangas Rep. Ralph Recto on Friday said that the Department of Budget of Management (DBM) should submit a Budget Errata to clarify the P588 billion unprogrammed funds included in the proposed 2023 national budget.
"One customary way of informing Congress and at the same time publicly disclosing the projects and programs to be funded under the Unprogrammed Appropriations (UA) is through the submission of a Budget Errata," Recto said.
Recto had questioned the P588 billion unprogrammed funds submitted by the DBM, saying the general appropriations for next year is actually P5.856 trillion and not P5.268 trillion.
"We look forward to DBM's submission of the details of the UA. As I have said many times, the present DBM leadership's commitment to transparency is laudable," Recto added.
Recto maintained that the details of the P588 billion unprogrammed funds were not included in the 3,843-page, three-volume National Expenditure Program for 2023.Get the latest news
According to Recto, the 2023 proposed budget lists down the individual projects and programs to be funded by the two biggest items in the UA, the P380.6 billion "Support to Foreign Assisted Projects" and the P149.7 billion "Support for Infrastructure Projects and Social Programs."
"As these form part and parcel of the 2022 budget request, and may be funded when the revenue triggers are met, it would be in the public interest to divulge the activities sought to be financed by these huge allocations," he said.