2018 national budget news and updates

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Congress seeks P1.16-B special budget for Dengvaxia recipients

Mar 21, 2018 - 4:19 PM

(UPDATED) The additional budget, which has been requested by the budget and health departments, will be used to provide medical support, like hospitalization, medical kits, outpatient care services, and laboratory tests

BUDGET. The Department of Budget and Management and Department of Health will request a supplemental budget for Dengvaxia vaccinees. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Poorest families to get P200 monthly to offset effect of new taxes

Jan 10, 2018 - 6:02 PM

'This is in response to critics who say that Train is anti-poor because the informal sector and already tax-exempt wage earners will be faced with higher excise taxes,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

BRIEFING. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno held a press conference on January 10, 2017. Photo from DBM

Duterte vetoes 'riders' that 'circumvent Constitution' in 2018 budget

Dec 27, 2017 - 4:23 PM

Grants for monitoring expenses at the MTRCB, as well the ERC's use of income to augment operational expenses, are vetoed

2018 BUDGET. President Rodrigo Duterte signs the 2018 budget into law. He is flanked by members of the Philippine Congress. Photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Malacañang denies hand in budget cuts for opposition lawmakers

Dec 21, 2017 - 6:01 PM

'We had nothing to do with whatever decision both houses of Congress had,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

Duterte signs P3.8-trillion 2018 national budget into law

Dec 19, 2017 - 4:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte green-lights a 2018 budget that prioritizes infrastructure development and education

What's the share of gov't offices in the 2018 P3.8-T national budget?

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:46 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The 2018 national budget indicates the priorities of the Duterte administration, with infrastructure, education, and the interior affairs sectors gaining the most

Why intelligence funds require scrutiny

Dec 18, 2017 - 9:22 PM

In an ideal situation, it is Congress that should exercise oversight of intelligence funds

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III

Are Duterte's multi-million-peso intel funds achieving their purpose?

Dec 18, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Confidential and intelligence funds, by their nature, are difficult to audit. Given significant increases in level of spending on these items, should taxpayers simply trust that President Duterte is 'a good man'?

Congress ratifies P3.767-trillion national budget for 2018

Dec 12, 2017 - 10:35 PM

Funds for anti-drug campaigns – the DILG's Masa Masid and the PNP's Oplan Double Barrel – are scrapped

Alvarez to Senate: Restore P50B or we have reenacted budget for 2018

Dec 01, 2017 - 10:33 PM

It means huge funds will be available for no specific programs, making the budget vulnerable to misuse and corruption

TAKE BACK. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said they will take a hard stance their version of the 2018 national budget. Rappler File Photo

P50-B cut in 2018 DPWH budget 'alarms' House

Nov 30, 2017 - 4:12 PM

'We were surprised that they moved this huge an amount,' says Karlo Nograles, chairman of the House appropriations committee, as the bicameral committee on the 2018 budget meets

BUDGET DELIBERATIONS. Representatives from both chambers of the House meet to flesh out the differences in the budgets they passed. Rappler photo

Senate approves 'TokHang-free' P3.7-trillion 2018 budget

Nov 29, 2017 - 7:20 PM

(UPDATED) The Senate realigns the P900-million allocation for the PNP's Oplan Double Barrel as well as the P500 million for the DILG's Masa Masid

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Budget has 'leeway' in case PNP returns to drug war – Drilon

Nov 19, 2017 - 12:43 PM

Drilon says there will be a contingent fund in case President Duterte brings the PNP back in the drug war

ENOUGH FOR ALL. Drilon wants the PNP's drug war budget to be realigned to housing. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Free tuition for SUCs in 2nd semester of SY 2017-2018 – Bam Aquino

Nov 09, 2017 - 1:57 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Bam Aquino says Congress will provide CHED an additional P40 billion for the implementation of the free tuition law next year

FREE SCHOOLING. University of the Philippines Diliman students will be among the beneficiaries of the free tuition law this semester. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Poe seeks additional P5-B Marawi rehabilitation fund

Oct 22, 2017 - 5:45 PM

This is on top of the P5 billion for 2017 and P10 billion for 2018 allotted by the Duterte administration. The funds for 2019 have yet to be determined.

WHAT REMAINS. Inside the battle area in Marawi City.

Senate to realign P900M Tokhang budget to PDEA, housing – Pimentel

Oct 12, 2017 - 4:40 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel says the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency should prioritize running after big-time suppliers and not drug pushers

Pro-poor? Drilon questions 'minimal' increase in social services budget

Oct 12, 2017 - 2:44 PM

'There appears to be a disconnect between the increases in the budget of the social services sector and the infrastructure sector,' Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says during deliberations on the proposed DSWD budget for 2018

HOPE. The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is the main anti-poverty mechanism of the Philippine government. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

In Senate debate, DILG vows to 'drop' drop boxes for drug reporting

Oct 11, 2017 - 9:53 PM

Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito is keen on taking the suggestion of Senator Risa Hontiveros to realign the P500-million budget of the Masa Masid program to existing local anti-drug and peace councils

'DRUG BOXES'. Barangay Valencia installed wooden boxes to accept reports against drug suspects. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Lacson questions DPWH budget for right-of-way acquisitions

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:40 PM

'Clearly the pattern shows that the bloated budget for [right-of-way acquisitions] is the biggest source of insertions and realignments being made by legislators,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Senate to allow BI to use express lane fees for overtime pay in 2018

Oct 10, 2017 - 6:06 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte vetoed the same provision in the 2017 budget, leading to the mass resignation and leave of immigration personnel

DOLE wants stiffer penalties vs contractualization

Oct 10, 2017 - 4:03 PM

Under the proposed measure against contractualization, employers who violate the rules on labor-only contracting are only required to regularize their workers

ENDO. The Department of Labor and Employment wants stiffer penalties for companies violating the law against labor-only contracting. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Drilon alarmed by 70% drop in housing budget from P15B to P4B

Oct 10, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon proposes that the administration's intelligence funds be slashed to boost the 2018 budget of the housing sector

PUBLIC HOUSING. A government housing site in Pandi, Bulacan. File photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

LGUs' failure to liquidate funds threatens DSWD’s feeding program

Oct 01, 2017 - 11:47 AM

Over P7 billion worth of funds for the Supplementary Feeding Program remain unliquidated by local government units

NUTRITION. Mothers during a feeding program in Malabon on May 10, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

20,000 K to 12 vocational labs to suffer due to P30-B DepEd budget cut

Sep 27, 2017 - 1:35 PM

P30 billion out of the proposed P36 billion for technical-vocational labs for Grade 11 and 12 students will be realigned to fund the free tuition law next year

DEPED BUDGET. Students of President Corazon C. Aquino High School attend the flag ceremony during the first day of classes in Baseco, Tondo, Manila on June 5, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Housing sector’s proposed 2018 budget lowest in 10 years

Sep 26, 2017 - 5:00 PM

The housing agencies will get a budget of P4.7 billion next year – around 92% lower than the P68 billion budget that the HUDCC requested

PANDI. Inside a resettlement site in Bulacan. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

2,000 DSWD positions remain unfilled despite P2-B surplus funds

Sep 26, 2017 - 3:23 PM

Majority of the unfilled positions are memorandum of agreement workers under contract-based arrangements with the DSWD

CONTRACTUAL DESK. DSWD workers manning the crisis intervention unit of the department are employed through contractual arrangements. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

PDEA wants additional P934 million for drug war

Sep 25, 2017 - 4:25 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says in a budget hearing that it needs more funds to boost anti-narcotics efforts

PDEA BOSSES. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) defends their budget to the Senate Finance Committee. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Senate panel OKs additional P1.68 B in 2018 CHED budget

Sep 21, 2017 - 4:53 PM

The Senate finance committee increases the CHED's proposed budget for 2017 from P12.41 billion to P14.1 billion, but this excludes funds for the free tuition law

BUDGET APPROVED. CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan smiles during the Senate finance committee hearing on their proposed 2018 budget. Screenshot from Senate Youtube account

Senate committee adds P1.2 billion to SUCs’ budget for 2018

Sep 21, 2017 - 2:28 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Juan Edgardo Angara says the additional funds will be used for SUCs' expenses on infrastructure and equipment

ADDED FUNDS. Senators JV Ejercito, Juan Edgardo Angara, and Loren Legarda during CHED's budget hearing at the Senate on September 21. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

CHR thanks House for 'open minds, hearts' after budget restored

Sep 20, 2017 - 10:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'We are grateful to those who stood firm in championing human rights inside and out the halls of Congress,' says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon

CHR chair Chito Gascon. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

House set to restore CHR, ERC, NCIP 2018 budgets

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:45 PM

(UPDATED) The House of Representatives agrees to restore the budgets of 3 agencies it earlier cut to a mere P1,000 each for 2018

APPROVED BUDGET. Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday pose after the House approved on second reading House Bill 6215 or the 2018 General Appropriations Bill (GAB). Photo from the House Press and Public Affairs Bureau

Asec Mocha Uson herself spreads fake news, says Nancy Binay

Sep 20, 2017 - 3:29 PM

'How can you fight fake news kung may instances na nanggagaling mismo sa isang Asec yung fake news?' Senator Nancy Binay asks Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

RADIO SHOW. Malacañang launches its 'flagship tele-radio program' entitled DDS Podcast, with Secretary Martin Andanar and Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson as hosts.

PCOO to hold 'media literacy program' against fake news

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar tells senators that his office will bring the program to the entire country

DUTERTE COMMS. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the Presidential Communications Office has streamlined its strategy. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

P1,000 ERC budget means no electricity by 2018, says Gatchalian

Sep 14, 2017 - 4:56 PM

Masyadong drastic yung remedy Hindi lang ERC ang nape penalize kundi tayong lahat na gumagamit ng kuryente Ang direktang epekto nito sa consumers ay wala tayong kuryente by next year

Malacañang 'respects' fixed terms, opinions of CHR officials

Sep 14, 2017 - 1:50 PM

This is a free country and so we respect the opinions of the different heads of agencies says Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan

De Lima slams 'pathetic' Duterte over P1,000 CHR budget

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Wala na talagang tinirang kahihiyan si Duterte sa Pilipino at sa mundo Pathetic This is despotism at its finest This is absolute arrogance of megalomaniacs says the senator and former CHR chairperson

Robredo on P1,000 budget: 'It's like abolishing CHR'

Sep 13, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the House disrespected the Constitution and human rights when it approved a measly budget for the CHR

Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech during the Defending Democracy Summit: Isang Pagtitipon at Paninindigan Para sa Demokrasya held at the UP Diliman in Quezon City last June 12, 2017. The summit is an informal consortium of academic institutions, think tanks, development CSO's, faith based organizations, advocacy networks, and a student alliance gathering as broad representations of leaders to proactively discuss and discern on the current state of the Philippine democracy and to identify strategies and courses of action to defend, protect, and uphold democratic norms and freedom. Photo by OVP

Senators hit House over P1,000 CHR budget

Sep 13, 2017 - 10:27 AM

Senators vow to convince their House counterparts to restore the proposed P678 million budget of the Commission on Human Rights for 2018

BUDGET. Senators vow to restore the 2018 budget of the Commission on Human Rights after the House of Representatives gave it a measly P1,000 allocation. File photo by Camille Elemia

Can P16 a day save PH kids from malnutrition?

Sep 07, 2017 - 9:30 AM

The budget for the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s supplemental feeding program sees a drop of P1 billion

NUTRITION. Mother with her children during a feeding program in Malabon City on May 10, 2017. Photo by Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Makabayan lawmakers slam lack of data on extrajudicial killings

Sep 06, 2017 - 6:22 PM

DOJ’s extrajudicial killing committee records zero incidence in 2016

BUDGET HEARING. DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II attends the Senate Budget hearing on August 31, 2017 as data on drug war-related killings are consistently raised in both chambers of Congress. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

DOTr to terminate MRT maintenance contract

Aug 24, 2017 - 10:32 PM

It is clear to us that the maintenance service provider is not procuring the proper spare parts consumables and capital spares for MRT3 DOTr reveals in its budget hearing at the House of Representatives

HEARING. The Department of Transportation seeks a proposed budget of P73.8 billion for 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

NHA faces P10 billion cut in 2018 proposed budget

Aug 24, 2017 - 4:44 PM

The National Housing Authority possibly only has P2 2 billion to remedy the ballooning housing backlog

BUDGET CUT. The National Housing Authority will suffer a P10 billion budget cut in the proposed 2018 budget. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Done in 3 minutes! House panel approves OP budget

Aug 24, 2017 - 11:38 AM

The Office of the President breezes through a House committee hearing on its proposed P6 billion budget for 2018

Independent body to probe EJKs? Not now, says Aguirre

Aug 24, 2017 - 8:59 AM

Aguirre is still unable to present data pertaining to drug war related EJK cases being handled by the DOJ

File photo of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aguirre: Kian case overblown, any war has collateral damage

Aug 23, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Isa lang siya sa thousands na pang aabuso ng pulis kung talagang may pang aabuso says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on the killing of Kian delos Santos

DOJ BUDGET DELIBERATION: Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II presents their proposed budget of the Department of Justice and attached agencies for YR 2018. (Photo Joseph Vidal)

House threatens Comelec budget cut after Bautista skips hearing

Aug 23, 2017 - 2:00 PM

If Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista fails to attend the budget hearing for a 3rd time the poll body might suffer the consequences

ABSENT. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon told reporters on Wednesday, August 23, why the poll chief was absent during the budget hearing. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

P3B slashed from DepEd’s school buildings fund in 2018

Aug 22, 2017 - 8:32 PM

Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla is not worried about the budget cut saying the DepEd is focused on addressing the backlog in the construction of new classrooms

BUDGET CUTS. DepEd Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla and Secretary Leonor Briones face the House appropriations committee on August 22. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lawmakers question absence of Cuy, Dela Rosa from DILG budget hearing

Aug 17, 2017 - 4:45 PM

DILG Officer in Charge Catalino Cuy and PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa miss the hearing at the House as they accompany President Rodrigo Duterte to Ozamiz City

ABSENT. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa a no-show at the DILG hearing as he joined the President in Ozamiz City. Rappler file photo

Done in 2 minutes! House panel approves 2018 budget for Robredo's office

Aug 15, 2017 - 5:32 PM

The Office of Vice President is proposing a P443 946 million budget for 2018 which is 3 higher than this year s appropriations for her office

APPROVED. Vice President Leni Robredo is all smiles after the House appropriations committee approves her office's proposed 2018 budget. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DepEd allots P42B to hire 81,100 teachers in 2018

Aug 15, 2017 - 5:30 PM

A good chunk of the DepEd s proposed budget next year is also allocated for its program subsidizing the schooling of students in private institutions

BUDGET TALKS. DepEd Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla, Secretary Leonor Briones, and Undersecretary Alain Pascua hold a press conference on August 15. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler