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DBM to push cash-based budgeting in 2019, despite rejection by Congress

Feb 13, 2019 - 12:24 PM

'We are doing it already. We don't need a law,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno of Congress' rejection of cash-based budgeting in 2019

REFORM. DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno is keen with pushing cash-based budgeting. DBM Photo

Finally, Congress passes P3.757-trillion budget for 2019

Feb 08, 2019 - 8:01 PM

Lawmakers agree to add P46.355 billion to the DPWH's budget, and P17.575 billion to the DOH budget

PASSED. The 17th Congress passes the proposed 2019 budget on February 8, 2019.

Diokno tried to bribe lawmakers with P40-B funds, claims Andaya

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:07 PM

DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the congressman's accusation is 'absolutely false'

House committee on appropriations chairperson Rolando Andaya Jr makes fresh allegations against DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno on February 8, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Andaya-led House panel summons Diokno to 2019 budget probe

Feb 07, 2019 - 1:20 PM

'Failure to comply with this order is subject to penalty under the law,' the subpoena signed by Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo warns Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

SUMMONED. The House committee on appropriations issues a subpoena to DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bicam targets to ratify 2019 budget at the last minute

Feb 04, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The bicameral conference committee plans for both houses of Congress to ratify the 2019 budget by Friday, February 8, the last day of session

BUDGET BICAM. The Senate and House contingents to the bicameral conference committee discuss the 2019 budget on January 30, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Longer bicam meetings won’t stall May polls, salary hike for gov’t workers – Legarda

Jan 30, 2019 - 9:30 PM

The bicam has so far agreed to set their total proposed realignments in the 2019 budget at P200 billion, but they are yet to identify where to source and allocate the money

BUDGET BICAM. The Senate and House contingents to the bicameral conference committee discuss the 2019 budget on January 30, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Diokno confident Comelec to exempt big infra projects from election ban

Jan 30, 2019 - 11:23 AM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the Comelec had granted similar exemption requests in the past

EXEMPTED. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says exempting infrastructure projects' construction work during the election ban has been done in the past. File photo by DBM

Lacson asks lawmakers to disclose their 2019 budget amendments

Jan 29, 2019 - 9:37 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson itemizes the multibillion-peso worth of realignments he is proposing in the 2019 budget, but insists this is not pork barrel

NOT PORK. Senator Panfilo Lacson assures the public that the realignments he is proposing are not a form of the unconstitutional PDAF. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Is that pork? Senators say don't compare their realigned P190B to House’s P51B

Jan 28, 2019 - 3:19 PM

Senator Loren Legarda admits they are seeking to realign almost P190 billion under the 2019 budget, but only because government agencies asked them to

BUDGET TALKS. Senators Loren Legarda and Panfilo Lacson talk to each other during the bicameral conference committee meeting on the 2019 budget. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

COA raises alarm over BFP's failed modernization program

Jan 23, 2019 - 6:40 PM

State auditors doubt the Bureau of Fire Protection can meet its targets by 2020

MISSED TARGETS. The Commission on Audit finds that the Bureau of Fire Protection sorely missed its targets for its 8-year-old modernization program.

Senate OKs proposed P3.757-trillion budget for 2019

Jan 21, 2019 - 6:52 PM

The Senate and House are set to convene a bicameral conference committee on Tuesday, January 22, to settle differences between the two versions of the budget bill

DPWH BUDGET: Senator Loren Legarda, chair of Senate Committee on Finance, in a huddle with (from left) Senators Cynthia Villar, Richard Gordon, Nancy Binay and Department of Public Works (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar during a break in the plenary debate on the proposed 2019 budget of the DPWH. (PRIB Photo Joseph Vidal)

Senate to remove P8 billion right-of-way funds in 2019 budget

Jan 16, 2019 - 6:42 PM

Senators say the slashed budget may be used for restoring budgets for other agencies such as the Department of Health

REDUCE BUDGET. Senator Panfilo Lacson seeks the removal of the right-of-way acquisition budget for low performing projects in 2018 which amounts to more than P7 billion. File photo of road from DPWH; file photo of Senator Panfilo Lacson from Senate PRIB

DBM denies Bangsamoro plebiscite funds ‘missing’

Jan 15, 2019 - 7:18 PM

The Department of Budget and Management says P111.8M has been allocated in the 2018 budget for the plebiscite, while P95.8M is proposed in the 2019 budget

PLEBISCITE. Members of the Muslim community rally outside the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila as they join in the start of the plebiscite and campaign period for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law on December 7, 2018. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Unemployment to rise if P75B removed from DPWH budget – Diokno

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:11 PM

'It will increase poverty. Those who cannot find jobs will get poor,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno of the removal of P75-billion 'insertion in the public works budget

LESS JOBS. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says removing the P75-billion budget in DPWH funds can affect employment. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senate seeks to restore DOH budget with DPWH, DILG 'insertions'

Jan 15, 2019 - 5:27 PM

Senators agree to add some P24.4 billion to the health department's budget to fund programs for health facilities and health workers

MORE FUNDS. Senator Franklin Drilon proposes to restore about P24.4 billion in the DOH's 2019 proposed budget. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Amid flood control controversy, Casiguran mayor distances self from Diokno

Jan 15, 2019 - 3:36 PM

Mayor Edwin Hamor refuses to respond to the latest allegation that Aremar Construction, which he founded, earned P81 million from dummies

NOT CLOSE TO DIOKNO? Casiguran, Sorsogon Mayor Edwin Hamor attends the House investigation on the alleged budget anomalies on January 15, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Gov’t can implement salary hike without 2019 budget – lawmakers

Jan 08, 2019 - 6:23 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr warns he would take DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno to court if the government fails to implement the salary hike by January 15

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon (L) and House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr (R) says DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno (center) can implement the salary hike without the 2019 budget for now.

Diokno says Andaya’s claims based on ‘wrong numbers, not grounded on facts’

Jan 04, 2019 - 4:06 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno denies having a favored contractor, saying project implementation is 'not part of his job'

DENY. Embattled Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno denies allegations by House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. File photo by DARREN LANGIT

Lawmakers, engineers request P5B in road users’ tax funds

Dec 22, 2018 - 8:30 AM

House Majority Leader Andaya Jr's list shows the requests of legislators and engineers approved by the graft-riddled Road Board, but the funds have not been released to them

CAMPAIGN FUNDS? House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno is reserving Road Board funds for administration candidates in 2019.

Diokno: Lawmakers eyeing road users' tax for campaign

Dec 19, 2018 - 2:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno fires back at members of the House of Representatives accusing him of corruption

NOT RELEASING. In an economic briefing at Malacanang, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says they will not release the road users' tax unless the Road Board is not abolished. RTVM Screenshot

Mark Villar says P75 billion in DPWH budget not 'insertion'

Dec 18, 2018 - 5:57 PM

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar says the department welcomes any information on alleged irregularities involving contractor CT Leoncio Construction and Trading

NO INSERTIONS. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar denies allegations of insertions in their proposed P555.7-billion 2019 budget. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Congress adjourns, fails to pass 2019 budget on time

Dec 13, 2018 - 7:35 PM

This means that in early 2019, the Philippine government would have to operate based on the 2018 budget

REENACTED BUDGET. Congress fails to pass the 2019 budget on time, which means the Philippine government would have to operate under a reenacted budget for next year

Lacson: Arroyo allies' districts get big 'pork' in 2019 budget

Dec 09, 2018 - 11:40 PM

'Ang pattern makikita mo.... Isa lang ang common denominator: malapit sa Speaker,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson, on supposed fund insertions in the proposed budget

TIMELINE: Bong Revilla's plunder case and the pork barrel scam

Dec 07, 2018 - 3:25 PM

After a release order and 4 years of imprisonment, former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr will be free, following his acquittal

FREE. Former Senaror Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr arrives at the Sandiganbayan on Friday, December 07, 2018, to attend hearing in his plunder case promulgation. File Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Arroyo’s district gets P2.4B in House-approved 2019 budget

Dec 05, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson also says a district in Camarines Sur, which was originally allotted P360.4 million under the National Expenditure Program, now has P1.9 billion by final reading

LUNCH WITH REPORTERS. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo delivers a speech during the lunch she hosted for House reporters on November 26, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Congressmen, senators to get millions each in 2019 budget – Andaya

Nov 28, 2018 - 2:22 PM

(UPDATED) House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya insists these aren't pork barrel funds, as lawmakers will not have the power to reallocate the money for other projects

NOT PORK BARREL? House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says legislators will have to itemize the projects to be funded by the allocations given to them under the proposed 2019 budget. Screenshot by Rappler

Diokno blames Congress for delayed passage of 2019 budget

Nov 27, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the rollout of new projects in the proposed 2019 budget will be delayed by at least 5 months due to the election ban

WORST CASE. Budget Secretary Diokno warns of the implications of a reenacted budget for 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH gov’t to operate under reenacted budget until Feb 2019

Nov 26, 2018 - 9:28 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign the 2019 budget on February 7

REENACTED BUDGET? Congress leaders are already giving the heads up that a reenacted budget scenario is likely to happen in 2019.

House minority 'concerned' 2019 budget to be used for May polls

Nov 21, 2018 - 2:02 PM

The House minority says the P50 billion ‘misplaced’ in the proposed budget during Speaker Alvarez’s time has yet to be corrected

CALL FOR BUDGET TRANSPARENCY. The minority, led by Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez (middle), says on November 21, 2018, ‘The people’s purse might be used for personal campaigns of candidates and reelectionists, instead of its true public purpose.’ Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House seeks to make 2018 budget available beyond 2018

Nov 20, 2018 - 7:41 PM

If the unused allocations for 2018 are rendered invalid by January 1, 2019, then they cannot be used in the ongoing rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City

BUDGET EXTENSION. Lawmakers seek an extension of allocations under the 2018 budget for another year.

Health workers to keep jobs under proposed DOH budget – Duque

Nov 13, 2018 - 6:43 PM

The Department of Budget and Management has agreed to restore funds for a DOH program that deploys health workers to rural areas and poor communities

JOBS SAFE. Health Secretary Francisco Duque says issues on the possible loss of jobs for health workers has been 'resolved' with the budget department. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOH seeks more funds to finish nearly-complete health facilities in 2019

Nov 13, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque says about P16.7 billion is needed to make over 1,000 health facilities nationwide operational

BUDGET HEARING. Health Secretary Francisco Duque at the senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Health. Nov. 13, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tacloban asked to refund P36M over unfinished pre-Yolanda drainage project

Nov 12, 2018 - 7:37 AM

The Notice of Disallowance is on appeal, says current Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Gonzales

The Commission on Audit (COA) in Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City on October 2, 2018 Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Oct 17, 2018 - 8:35 PM

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3 ex-senators charged in pork barrel scam running in 2019

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:25 AM

(UPDATED) Ramon Revilla Jr is currently detained, while Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile are out on bail

RUNNING IN 2019. Former senators Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr, Juan Ponce Enrile, and Jinggoy Estrada.

Mocha Uson's party linked to pork barrel scam

Oct 15, 2018 - 3:13 PM

In 2011, the pork barrel funds of an AA-Kasosyo party-list representative were channelled to an NGO identified with pork barrel queen Janet Lim Napoles

Former PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson files nomination under Kasosyo party list on October 15, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

House fails to meet own deadline to pass 2019 budget by October

Oct 10, 2018 - 9:36 PM

The House of Representatives will still have time to pass the proposed P3.757-trillion budget for 2019 when session resumes on November 12

HOUSE PLENARY. The of House of Representatives has still not approved the 2019 budget on 3rd and final reading. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Arroyo meets with Duterte, commits to extend validity of Marawi rehab fund

Oct 10, 2018 - 4:01 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also asks House leaders to allocate funds in the 2019 budget for the housing projects for military, police, and Yolanda victims

BUDGET TALKS. (From L-R) Deputy Speaker Arthur Yap, Majority Leader Rolando Andaya, Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, President Rorigo Duterte, Arroyo consultant Medy Poblador, and Special Assistant to the President Bong Go. Photo from Arroyo's office

House approves on 2nd reading proposed P3.757 trillion 2019 budget

Oct 03, 2018 - 10:01 PM

Lawmakers form a small committee that will finalize individual amendments to the 2019 General Appropriations Act by October 9

ONE MORE READING LEFT. The House of Representatives approves the proposed 2019 budget on 2nd reading.

Mocha Uson’s absence defers House debates on PCOO’s 2019 budget

Oct 02, 2018 - 4:10 PM

A peeved Deputy Speaker Prospero Pichay Jr confronts presidential communications officials about the controversial assistant secretary's absence

ABSENT. PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson fails to attend the House's plenary debates on the proposed 2019 budget on October 2, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

COA finds anomalies in Supreme Court’s purchase of P7.9-M computers

Sep 25, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Purchases are made without public bidding, bought from a supplier with a higher price, and done with incomplete documents

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lawmakers want to add P7 billion to judiciary budget for 2019

Sep 24, 2018 - 2:30 PM

The additional budget for the judiciary is expected to fund operations of 4 new courts in Baguio City as well as the transportation fees of Court of Appeals justices, among others

ADDITIONAL FUNDS. Legislators seek to add P7 billion to the proposed budget of the judiciary in 2019.

Villarin worries over President’s P2B intelligence, confidential funds

Sep 21, 2018 - 4:41 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says at the House plenary that he hopes the more than P2 billion budget of the Office of the President for confidential and intelligence funds won't be used vs critics

DEALING WITH CRITICS. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during a speech at the Royal Cultural Palace in Amman, Jordan on September 7, 2018. File photo by REne Lumawag/Presidential Photo

Senators to ensure CHED 2019 budget covers scholars of other programs

Sep 20, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The Commission on Higher Education says scholars under existing programs outside the free higher education law may be affected by the lower budget for 2019

BUDGETED. Senators want a provision in the 2019 budget that would ensure students who are continuing scholars of students financial assistance programs are covered by the tertiary education subsidy. Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Additional P428 million in 2019 budget sought for SUCs after Ompong

Sep 20, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago wants the House committee on appropriations to authorize the additional funds for state universities and colleges damaged by Typhoon Ompong

REHAB ONGOING. Rescue workers clear a road of debris and toppled electric posts caused by Typhoon Ompong in Baggao town, Cagayan on September 15, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Fariñas, Alvarez deny ‘parking’ money for lawmakers in 2019 budget

Sep 20, 2018 - 12:17 PM

The denial comes after House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez tells reporters about an alleged 'parking' scheme in the proposed 2019 budget for favored lawmakers

NO 'PARKING'. Former House majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas  makes a pledge during the assembly of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan on August 2, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Nograles praises House realignment of P51 billion in DPWH funds

Sep 19, 2018 - 3:45 PM

House committee on appropriations chairperson Karlo Nograles makes the statement even if the committee of the whole – which realigned the funds – was convened to overrule the panel he chairs

BUDGET ISSUE. Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles chairs the House committee on appropriations. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

How government plans to fund proposed P3.757T 2019 budget

Sep 19, 2018 - 2:42 PM

The General Appropriations Bill on the proposed 2019 budget is finally sponsored at the House plenary for 2nd reading after a two-day delay

BUDGET AT THE PLENARY. Plenary deliberations on the proposed 2019 budget begins at the House on September 19, 2018.

Delayed projects cost government P230 million in penalty fees in 2017

Sep 19, 2018 - 1:50 PM

On top of the millions in penalties, auditors doubt that the 17 projects will be completed within the loan period

Diokno says restoring underspent DOH funds 'irrational'

Sep 19, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno also defends the slashed Health Human Resources Deployment fund, citing slow budget utilization

NO RESTORATION. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the slashed health funds will not be restored. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler