Senator Loren B. Legarda on Monday, May 28, said the Senate aims to pass on third and final reading the P1.16 billion supplemental budget for medical assistance to children vaccinated with Dengvaxia before the May session ends this week.
“The House will pass it on third reading and transmit to us because any matter of appropriations has to be transmitted from the Lower House. So before the end of Session this week, we will have a supplemental budget,” she told reporters on the sidelines of the Senate hearing on the Dengvaxia bill.
The P1.16 billion came from the refund of Dengvaxia manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur over the unused anti-dengue vaccines as demanded by the Philippine government. — Camille A. Aguinaldo