Rep. Michael Romero of party-list 1-Pacman, said: “The negative impact would not be that significant and would only be for January. It would be in the one-month delay in the disbursement of funds for new projects.”
He said salaries would not be affected, since regular appropriations, including those for compensation and maintenance and other operating expenditures, could be released.
The release of money for new projects could be accelerated starting next month, he said.
In the meantime, agencies could continue working on or finishing roads, bridges, classrooms, airports, seaports and similar infrastructure undertaken and funded under the 2018 budget, Romero added.