Senate OKs P3.7-trillion 2018 nat'l budget

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 29) — The Senate on Wednesday approved on third and final reading the proposed 3.76 trillion-peso (US$75 billion) 2018 national budget.

With a 16-0 Senate vote, the infrastructure development and education programs were among those prioritized in the 2018 budget.

The approved 2018 budget is higher by 12 percent from the 2017 budget.

The General Appropriations Act will still go through the Bicameral Conference Committee on Thursday.

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno earlier said lawmakers will be able to pass the national budget by December 19.

CNN Philippines' Senior Correspondent Cecille Lardizabal contributed to this report.