2019 national budget - updates

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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

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

LIVE: House hearing on alleged budget anomalies under Diokno

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:22 AM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr grills officials over the supposed questionable billions in pesos worth of funds under the 2018 budget and proposed 2019 budget

Senate seeks to delete P75B in DPWH's 2019 budget

Jan 14, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The Department of Public Works and Highways agrees with Senator Panfilo Lacson's proposal

Delayed 2019 budget stalls Batangas road project

Jan 13, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu calls on Congress to immediately pass the proposed P3.757-trillion budget for 2019

BUDGET ISSUE. Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu hopes the 2019 budget will be passed soon. Photo from Abu's Facebook page

Andaya to Diokno: Don’t hold hostage gov’t workers' salary hike

Jan 10, 2019 - 3:42 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says it will not be unconstitutional to implement the salary hike, as the reenacted 2018 budget has allocations for it

PAY NOW, NOT LATER. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr urges DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno to implement the salary hike for government workers this January. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Diokno: Gov't workers' salary hike 'unconstitutional' without 2019 budget

Jan 09, 2019 - 11:08 AM

'If I don't adjust the pay by January 15, then sue me. There's no legal basis for that,' Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno tells House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr

'SUE ME.' Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno dares House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr to sue him over the release of government workers' compensation adjustment. File photo by Angie de Silva/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.

What to expect as gov't operates on a reenacted budget

Jan 08, 2019 - 11:36 AM

(UPDATED) All new government projects will be delayed and expansion plans for some key services and programs will be affected until the 2019 budget is passed

RECYCLED. The government operates this year with a budget enacted for 2018.

Malacañang warning: Budget delays 'unacceptable' to Filipinos

Jan 07, 2019 - 9:33 PM

(UPDATED) But senators maintain they are doing their best, as they continue to scrutinize the 2019 budget

SALVADOR PANELO. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo during a press conference on December 3, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

House kicks off probe into alleged budget anomalies under Diokno

Jan 02, 2019 - 8:56 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya and Minority Leader Danilo Suarez are expected to grill DPWH officials on January 3 over the supposed questionable billions in pesos worth of funds under the 2018 and 2019 budgets

HOT SEAT. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno answers lawmakers' questions over alleged budget anomalies during the question hour at the House plenary on December, 12, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: The many shades of pork

Dec 17, 2018 - 9:38 AM

Factions in Duterte’s own administration are squabbling over funds, and it seems, over appointments too

Ex-Cabinet exec 'parked' P300M in budget – Andaya

Dec 16, 2018 - 12:38 PM

A Cabinet official, who resigned to run in the 2019 elections, is accused of inserting millions in flood mitigation projects for Bicol for the next fiscal year

FUNDS 'PARKING.' House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr discloses yet another alleged multi-million insertion in the proposed 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

House to probe alleged anomalies under Diokno in January 2019

Dec 13, 2018 - 6:10 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says he's 'particularly interested' in the P100 million worth of debts that the Department of Budget and Management owes suppliers and contractors this year

HOT SEAT. The House will set off a probe into the alleged budget anomalies under DBM chief Benjamin Diokno. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Budget 'insertions' likely have Duterte approval, says Lagman

Dec 13, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno could not have 'inserted' funds without President Rodrigo Duterte's consent

Andaya grills Diokno over P75-B ‘insertion’ in DPWH budget for 2019

Dec 11, 2018 - 11:18 PM

DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno argues the P75 billion is aboveboard, as its addition to the DPWH funds in 2019 is part of the legal budgeting process

THE GRILLING. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya (top, in white) gestures as he questions Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno on December 11, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Arroyo: Others got bigger allocations in 2019 budget

Dec 11, 2018 - 5:07 PM

'I’m only upper middle class as far as the allocations are concerned,' says Speaker Gloria Arroyo on the pork barrel accusations against her

NOT PORK? Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo addresses the pork barrel accusations against her on December 11, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Arroyo allies got ‘pork’? But 2019 budget prepared during Alvarez time – Andaya

Dec 10, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says they should not be blamed for the huge insertions in the 2019 budget being alleged by Senator Panfilo Lacson

PORK ISSUE. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr delivers a privilege speech on December 10, 2018. Screenshot from the House of Representatives YouTube account

Budget insertions from executive branch? 'Diokno can answer'

Dec 10, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno can explain, adding that the Palace also got a message from House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

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

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

House to hold question hour for Diokno over 2019 budget

Dec 09, 2018 - 1:06 PM

(UPDATED) The question hour comes after Senator Panfilo Lacson accused the House of passing a national budget riddled with alleged pork barrel funds

BUDGET TALKS. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno is "required" to appear before lawmakers on December 11, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Angara proposes P2.9-B budget in 2019 for promotion of college faculty

Dec 07, 2018 - 3:10 PM

If approved, about 35,000 teachers stand to benefit, according to Senator Juan Edgardo Angara

PROMOTIONS? Senators seek to allocate funds for the promotion of college teachers in the government’s 2019 budget

'Frat war' erupts between Drilon, Gordon during Senate budget deliberations

Dec 06, 2018 - 9:36 PM

It starts when Senator Richard Gordon praises his 'brod,' UP president Danilo Concepcion, prompting Senator Franklin Drilon to tease him back

Drilon questions inclusion of P7.5-B SEA Games budget in DFA

Dec 06, 2018 - 8:50 PM

It was former foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano who requested it, but Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon points out that sports development is not a task for the Department of Foreign Affairs

Senator Franklin Drilon at the senate hearing on the budget of the Department of Foreign Affairs. Photo by Angie de Silva

Senate seeks to realign CHED aid program, to raise free higher education budget

Dec 05, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Senators Lacson, Legarda and Recto pull out the Tulong Dunong financial assistance program and transfer the amount to increase the budget for free tertiary education

TRANSFER FUNDS. Senators want to realign funds from the CHED's scholarship programs to those under the free higher education law. Photos of Legarda and Lacson by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Minority congressmen defend Arroyo, insist no ‘pork barrel’ in 2019 budget

Dec 05, 2018 - 3:04 PM

'Di nag-congressman si [Senator] Ping [Lacson]. Baka 'di niya naiintidihan ‘yong problema ng may constituency,' says Arroyo ally and House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez

'NO PORK BARREL.' Minority congressmen Lito Atienza, Danilo Suarez, and Alfredo Garbin Jr hold their weekly press conference on December 5, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda

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

Senate starts deliberations on proposed P3.757-trillion 2019 budget

Dec 04, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III is 'doubtful' that the proposed 2019 budget will be passed into law by year-end

BRIEFING FOR PROPOSED 2019 NAT'L BUDGET: Senator Loren Legarda (middle), chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, along with other senators listen to the presentations made by the members of the Development Budget Coordination Committee in relation to the proposed 2019 national budget during a hearing on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. The 2019 national budget, the first cash-based budget of the government, is pegged at P3.757 trillion. In photo with Legarda are (from right to left) Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, along with Senators Risa Hontiveros, Cynthia Villar and Sherwin Gatchalian. (PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo/7 August 2018)

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.

Reenacted budget likely in effect until January 2019 – Zubiri

Nov 21, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri explains senators do not have enough time to scrutinize the proposed budget before session ends this year

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

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