Philippine national budget 2024

LIVE UPDATES: Debates on the 2024 Philippine national budget

LIVE UPDATES: Debates on the 2024 Philippine national budget

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It’s budget season again, and Congress has the annual herculean task of scrutinizing the spending plan of the current administration.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s economic managers are asking the legislative branch to approve the proposed P5.768-trillion budget for 2024, higher by 9.5% compared to this year’s P5.268-trillion budget.

The House of Representatives will evaluate the proposal through various committee hearings and plenary sessions scheduled from August to September, aiming to pass the budget before it goes on break in October. The Senate will subsequently hold its own hearings.

Follow the budget debates in Congress through this live blog.


Raoul Manuel questions Marcos’ certification of 2024 budget as urgent

Dwight de Leon

House approves proposed 2024 budget on final reading

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VP Duterte faces House plenary for proposed 2024 budget of OVP, DepEd

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Youth lawmaker: Filipinos should not pay for ‘revenge travel’ of Marcos

Bea Cupin

“Two years in a row na ito nangyari [F1 attendance], and the First Lady is proud of the President’s attendance this year! Kung proud sila, huwag nilang ikahiya. Mas malaki pa ang investment sa bansa noong pandemic. This implies na hindi naman pag-attract ng investors ang layunin ng travels ng Pangulo. Filipinos should not pay for the revenge travel of our top officials,” Kabataan Representative Raoul Manuel said during deliberations on the Office of the President’s proposed 2024 budget.

He was referring to President Marcos’ travel expenses and his annual Singapore trips for the F1 race since he became president.

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THREAD: Deliberations on DENR’s proposed 2024 budget

Kabataan Representative Raoul Manuel presses OP on Marcos’ Singapore trips

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Deliberations for Office of the President’s proposed budget continue

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THREAD: Deliberations on DA’s proposed 2024 budget

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Quimbo seeks creation of special congressional oversight committee on secret funds

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House appropriations panel senior vice chairperson Stella Quimbo wants Congress to create a committee that would check whether confidential and intelligence funds (CIF) have been used properly by government agencies.

She said a special oversight committee – composed of three members from the majority and one member from the minority – would have complete access to reports on CIF submitted to the Commission on Audit and the Department of Budget and Management. 

“I believe that public funds should be used to advance the nation. This can only be achieved with a stronger push towards transparent governance,” she said on Monday, September 25.

COA vows to complete audit of OVP’s confidential expenses by November

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The Commission on Audit (COA) told the House of Representatives that it is committed to finish auditing the 2022 confidential expenses of the Office of the Vice President (OVP) by November 15.

It also promised to give House Speaker Martin Romualdez a copy of the report.

The Sara-Duterte led OVP submitted its liquidation reports to COA back in January, then COA sent the OVP its audit observation memorandum (AOM) last Tuesday, September 19.

An AOM means the findings are preliminary, and the receiving agency can still submit additional documents and comment on observations made by the state auditors.