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House approves proposed P3.757-trillion 2019 budget

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:55 PM

But House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says the executive branch is still requesting more reallocations, which will be finalized only at the bicameral conference committee level with the Senate

APPROVED. The House of Representatives approves the proposed budget for 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

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.

Legarda calls, quizzes gov't anti-trafficking hotline at DOJ budget hearing

Oct 03, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Because of the good answers of the call center agent, Senator Loren Legarda vows to increase the budget of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking

CALL. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trillanes faces Guevarra after amnesty row: DOJ must have courage to say no

Oct 03, 2018 - 4:22 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra tells the senator that he agrees the justice department 'should not be a weapon to persecute political opponents'

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

House lawmakers want more budget for CHR for 2019

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:49 PM

'If they have more money, the Commission on Human Rights will perform more than what they are able to do now in so far as the investigations of cases are concerned,' House Committee on Appropriations Vice Chairperson Raul del Mar says

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

DOTr seeks to restore 2019 funds for evening flights in regional airports

Sep 20, 2018 - 3:10 PM

Senator Loren Legarda vows to restore the Department of Transportation's proposed budget for the night-rating of regional airports

AIRPORTS. DOTr Undersecretary Manuel Antonio Tamayo explains to the Senate commitee on finance the need to night rate airports. Photo 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.

Senators vow to scrutinize House's P51-B realignment in 2019 budget

Sep 19, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Senators say they will cross party lines to ensure that the 2019 national budget is transparent and pork barrel-free

Senate: Plenary Session. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Makabayan on 'pork barrel': Lawmakers fighting over people's money

Sep 19, 2018 - 12:30 PM

But House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says the realigned P51.792 billion would be itemized so it would not become a version of the illegal pork barrel

HIDDEN PORK BARREL? Lawmakers gather at the Batasang Pambansa's plenary hall on July 24, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lawmakers realign P51 billion in DPWH funds to other agencies

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:20 PM

(UPDATED) Part of the P51 billion is realigned to other items under the Department of Public Works and Highways, but ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio questions these as 'lump sums with no details'

BUDGET TALKS. The House of Representatives convenes into a committee of the whole, which approved the reallocations from the DPWH budget in 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

No pork barrel in 2019 budget – Diokno

Sep 18, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno denies reports that the proposed 2019 national budget has hidden discretionary funds for lawmakers

With 2019 budget deadlock, House convenes into committee of the whole

Sep 18, 2018 - 5:19 PM

The House of Representatives convenes itself into a committee of the whole after the House leadership discovers around P50 billion worth of 'misplaced' funds distributed to several districts

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. The House of Representatives convenes itself into a committee of the whole on September 18, 2018. Screengrab from House of Representatives video

Shouting match erupts in House meeting over 2019 budget

Sep 17, 2018 - 9:11 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya, Camarines Sur 2nd District Luis Raymund Villafuerte, and committee on appropriations chairperson Karlo Nograles clash over the 2019 budget

SHOUTING MATCH. (From L-R): House committee on appropriations chairperson Karlo Nograles, Majority Leader Rolando Andaya, and Camarines Sur 2nd District Representative Luis Raymund Villafuerte. File photos by Rappler

P50-B ‘misplaced’ funds discovered in 2019 budget

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:39 PM

Plenary deliberations on the proposed 2019 budget are delayed by a day as lawmakers continue to report to Speaker Gloria Arroyo on alleged insertions

BUDGET REVIEW. Speaker Gloria Arroyo gestures before the start of the meeting of the constitutional amendments panel on on August 7, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Restore health department's P30B or budget won't pass, Drilon tells DBM

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:04 PM

The budget for the Health Facilities Enhancement Program, which ensures there are health stations in communities, has been reduced to just P50 million

QUESTIONED. Senator Franklin Drilon grills Budget Assistant Director Jane Abella at the senate budget hearing of the Department of Health. September 17, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Karlo Nograles to be kicked out as appropriations panel chair

Sep 17, 2018 - 12:03 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Plenary deliberations for the proposed 2019 budget are delayed at the House following the looming change in the appropriations panel chairmanship

REPLACED. Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles will no longer chair the the House committee on appropriations. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senate committee okays CHR budget for 2019

Sep 11, 2018 - 4:57 PM

(UPDATED) 'Stay relevant, stay focused, and be more objective,' Senator Panfilo Lacson tells the Commission on Human Rights

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Unlike DOH programs with lower funds, drug rehab gets boost

Sep 06, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Funds for the DOH's drug rehabilitation program nearly doubles in its proposed 2019 budget, while other programs ensuring the allocation of health centers and health workers are clipped

House panel okays P689-M CHR 2019 budget in under 5 minutes

Sep 04, 2018 - 3:03 PM

The Commission on Human Rights’ experience in its 2019 budget briefing is a stark contrast from last year when then House speaker Pantaleon Alvarez threatened to give zero budget if the commission could not be abolished

Job losses seen under lower proposed DOH budget

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:51 PM

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the lower funds allocated to its Health Human Resources Deployment program may result in the loss of jobs of about 15,000 health workers.

HEALTH CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque lll on September 3, 2018 during the agency's budget hearing in Congress. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lacson eyes removal of P16 billion from DPWH right-of-way budget

Sep 03, 2018 - 4:06 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says the amount could be used as pork barrel, which the Supreme Court has declared as unconstitutional

The Senate conducts a hearing on SAF allowances on May 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DBM, Congress agree on transitory cash-based budget system for 2019

Aug 30, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Lawmakers want a 'two to three-year' transition period for government agencies and departments to get used to a cash-based budget system

Senate: Finance - Budget Hearing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

2019 budget: Executive branch, lawmakers OK 6-month extension for payments

Aug 30, 2018 - 3:59 PM

Agencies and departments will now have until 6 months after the fiscal year to make their payments under the 2019 cash-based budget system, says Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea

DOLE seeks higher budget to hire 2,000 labor inspectors

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the budget department turned down their proposal to hire more labor inspectors

INSPECTION. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III asks lawmakers at the House of Representatives for bigger budget allocation to hire labor inspectors. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Why should Filipinos fund P100-M campaign for 'uncertain' federalism?

Aug 29, 2018 - 4:22 PM

'Mukhang waste of funds ang nakikita natin dito,' says ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio

'UNCERTAIN'. ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio warns the DILG of campaigning for a draft constitution. Rappler screenshot file photo

House panel approves P6.7-B Office of the President budget for 2019

Aug 29, 2018 - 2:24 PM

The OP budget for 2019, 12% higher than in 2018, allots P2.5 billion for President Duterte's confidential and intelligence funds

House panel approves P447-M OVP budget for 2019

Aug 29, 2018 - 12:53 PM

The Office of the Vice President's proposed budget for 2019 is P96 million less than in 2018, which Leni Robredo says would affect her anti-poverty program

SEEKING BUDGET RESTORATION. Vice President Leni Robredo faces the House committee on appropriations to defend her office's proposed 2019 budget. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House, DBM agree to restore budget cuts in education, health, infra in 2019

Aug 28, 2018 - 4:11 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says they are also eyeing a P140-billion supplemental budget for Bangsamoro Law and the Supreme Court ruling on the Internal Revenue Allotment

BUDGET AGREEMENT. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya calls for a press conference on August 28, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

How the cash-based budget affects DepEd

Aug 27, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Education received the lion's share of funds in the proposed 2019 National Expenditure Program. What does the proposed shift to a cash-based budget system look like for the Department of Education?

DBM clarifies lower budget for student aid

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:28 PM

'We have decreased the budget for some programs because they are already redundant with the Free Tuition Program,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

STUDENT AID. The DBM says financial assistance for students in higher education are covered by the tertiary education subsidy. File photo by Rappler

Budget deadlock: Who's to blame?

Aug 15, 2018 - 9:13 PM

Capital outlay for education and health facilities receive huge cuts in the 2019 National Expenditure Program. Is the budget department responsible?

House to resume budget hearings after meeting with Duterte

Aug 15, 2018 - 4:05 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says President Rodrigo Duterte helped create 'clear lines of communication' between the executive and lawmakers over the 2019 budget impasse

BUDGET TALKS. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya relays what he and Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo discussed with President Rodrigo Duterte over the 2019 budget. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lacson on budget standoff: It's all about pork barrel

Aug 15, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson questions the apparent change of heart of the House of Representatives, following the assumption of House Speaker Gloria Arroyo

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte wants 'compromise' on 2019 cash-based budget

Aug 15, 2018 - 1:08 PM

Malacañang says the President will meet with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno 'to see if they can compromise with the House'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives the document handed to him regarding the dismissal order of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Comptroller Hector Maraña at Malacañan Palace on August 14, 2018. Maraña's dismissal stemmed from his alleged misuse of the P15-million worth of allowance for the cadets. Joining the President are Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Diokno: Lawmakers want higher 2019 budget due to elections

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:15 PM

'You cannot compare the 2018 budget to the proposed one [for 2019]. That's like comparing apples to oranges,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

HIGHER BUDGET. Lawmakers want Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno to submit a higher budget for 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Unlike House, Senate backs cash-based 2019 budget

Aug 14, 2018 - 8:40 PM

While senators are united against having a reenacted budget next year, it is not enough, as House approval is needed

File photo from the 17th Congress. Photo from Senate PRIB

2019 budget deadlock? Roque points to new House leadership

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:42 PM

'How else do you explain Congress refusing to act on the President’s budget?' asks Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

Photo by Mara Cepeda / Rappler

Senate puts 2019 budget hearings on hold

Aug 13, 2018 - 6:08 PM

This is amid the clash over the proposed cash-based budgeting system between the House of Representatives and the Department of Budget and Management

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler