2019 national budget - updates

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Duterte extends validity of 2019 budget

Dec 26, 2019 - 9:57 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte approves the extended validity of 'all appropriations' in this year's national budget until the end of 2020

BUDGET EXTENSION. President Rodrigo Duterte approves a law extending the 2019 budget's validity to December 31, 2020. File photo by Malacañang

No traffic improvement by end of 2019? Blame Congress, says Duterte

Nov 30, 2019 - 7:40 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte asks Congress to pass the 2020 national budget in December to avoid another delay that could impact government projects

Motorists endure heavy traffic along NLEX in Quezon City as they return from the northern provinces during the long Undas weekend on Sunday. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Reporting on the SEA Games fiasco

Nov 28, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Only incompetent officials are panicking over the media’s exposés

Senate OKs bill extending validity of 2019 budget

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:11 PM

Now approved by both houses of Congress, the proposal to allow the government to continue spending from 2019’s delayed budget just needs the President’s signature

SENATE SESSION. Senators voted unanimously on November 26, 2019, to extend the validity of the 2019 national budget for another year. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bloated SEA Games budget and other exposés

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Who says budget hearings are boring?

House approves bill extending validity of 2019 budget

Nov 18, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Lawmakers earlier approved a joint resolution on the budget extension, but they turned it into a bill to avoid issues on legality

BUDGET EXTENSION. The House of Representatives moves to extend the validity of the 2019 budget for another year. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Angara: Enough time to pass bill extending 2019 budget validity

Nov 13, 2019 - 5:15 PM

'I don't think there's a reason to worry because we have about 7 to 8 weeks before the end of the year,' says Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, chairman of the Senate finance committee

FINANCE PANEL. Senator Sonny Angara answers questions from the Senate media during break of the 2020 budget deliberations on November 12, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House turns resolution extending 2019 budget validity into bill

Nov 12, 2019 - 12:01 PM

House committee on appropriations is doing this in response to a Supreme Court ruling that a mere resolution cannot change the law, like the 2019 General Appropriations Act

House OKs resolution extending validity of 2019 budget

Nov 04, 2019 - 4:16 PM

The resolution seeks to extend the life of funds allocated for the maintenance and other operating expenses and for capital outlay under the 2019 budget

House to extend life of 2019 budget for another year

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:56 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado clarifies that in President Duterte's veto message in April, the implementation and payment for infrastructure projects have already been extended until the end of 2020

'By The Numbers' Podcast: 2019 Philippine national budget

Jun 05, 2019 - 9:45 PM

This podcast by Rappler's business section talks about the winners and losers in the 2019 3.662-trillion national budget

Davao dominates vetoed P95.37-billion 'pork'

May 24, 2019 - 11:14 AM

With the President removing the questionable 'pork barrel' allocations from the 2019 budget, it turns out that Davao Region is the biggest loser

Winners and losers under Duterte's 2019 budget

May 19, 2019 - 7:22 PM

The education and public works sector top President Rodrigo Duterte's priorities in the 2019 national budget, but do they really win?

Duterte orders cash-based budgeting for 2019

Apr 16, 2019 - 9:08 PM

The President vetoes 12 line items in the 2019 national budget, as well as the P95.3 billion worth of infrastructure funds. He also places several items under conditional implementation.

VETO. President Rodrigo Duterte vetoes and places some line items in the budget under conditional implementation. Malacañang file photo

Senators hail Duterte veto of P95.3-B infra funds in 2019 budget

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Senators say President Rodrigo Duterte's veto of questionable allotments in the 2019 national budget serves as a 'victory' for taxpayers

2019 BUDGET. Senators welcome President Rodrigo Duterte's veto of P95.3 billion in infrastructure funds in the 2019 budget. File Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Finally, Duterte signs 2019 budget bill into law

Apr 15, 2019 - 7:54 PM

(UPDATED) After several stumbling blocks, the Philippine government has a new budget for the year 2019

PARTNERS FOR PROGRESS, BROTHERS FOR PEACE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and members of his cabinet hold an expanded bilateral meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the members his delegation at the Malacañan Palace during the Malaysian Prime Minister's two-day official visit to the Philippines on March 7, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte threatens to veto 'entire budget'

Apr 12, 2019 - 6:00 AM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the scheduled ceremonial signing of the 2019 budget on April 15 has been removed from the President's calendar of activities

BACOLOD CAMPAIGN. President Rodrigo Duterte urges voters to choose his senatorial bets so he can pursue his programs., during a PDP-Laban sorite inBacolod City on April 11, 2019. Photo from Presidential Photo

Duterte to sign 2019 budget on April 15

Apr 10, 2019 - 8:29 PM

The enrolled bill provides P3.757 trillion for the national government to spend in 2019

Aquino hits Arroyo: 'She became Speaker, then budget was reenacted'

Mar 26, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III slams Congress for failing to pass the 2019 budget on time: 'Buong-buo na sila doon, hindi pa napapa-approve.'

Former president Benigno Aquino iii joins Otso Diretso candidates at a forum in South Western University in Cebu City on March 26, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte to sign 2019 budget bill 'immediately' if he thinks it's legal

Mar 26, 2019 - 4:58 PM

'Everything will be considered by the President.... He always does the right thing,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, when asked about the Senate's concerns about the 2019 budget

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with the guests during the opening ceremony of the 32nd Biennial Convention of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on March 21, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Senate transmits 2019 budget bill to Malacañang to end deadlock

Mar 26, 2019 - 3:11 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Senate tells President Rodrigo Duterte it is transmitting the bill 'with strong reservations,' and urges him to veto 'unconstitutional' post-bicam realignments

BUDGET IMPASSE OVER: Senate President Vicente Sotto III signs the 2019 national budget '€œwith strong reservations.' With him are (L-R) Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senator Panfilo Lacson, and Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

House-Senate meeting: ‘No more contentious points’ in proposed 2019 budget

Mar 25, 2019 - 8:09 PM

The negotiating teams of both chambers of Congress are hopeful an agreement on the stalled 2019 national budget will be reached this week

2019 BUDGET. The House of Representatives and Senate's initial meeting on the 2019 budget ends on an optimistic tone. File photos by Shutterstock, Senate PRIB,  Martin San Diego/Rappler

Duterte EO allows 2019 salary hike for gov't workers despite reenacted budget

Mar 20, 2019 - 6:41 PM

The funds for the 4th tranche of salary adjustment for government personnel will be sourced from any available appropriations under the 2018 budget

2019 SALARY HIKE. President Rodrigo Duterte signs Executive Order No. 76 on March 15. Duterte file photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo. Other file photos by Patty Pasion, Shutterstock

Lagman: House version of 2019 budget 'completely constitutional'

Mar 20, 2019 - 5:36 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, leader of the opposition bloc in the House, joins the 3-member team tasked to end the budget deadlock with the Senate

BUDGET ISSUES. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman stands by the House's version of the 2019 budget. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House leadership scrambles to address budget deadlock

Mar 19, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo clarifies the House has not yet withdrawn the enrolled version of the 2019 budget, contradicting her appointed negotiator San Juan City Representative Ronaldo Zamora

HOUSE CLASH. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, House committee on appropriations chair Rolando Andaya Jr, and San Juan City Representative Ronaldo Zamora differ in their statements in addressing the budget deadlock. File photos by Rappler

Remember those suffering from delayed 2019 budget – Briones

Mar 18, 2019 - 6:01 PM

'The economy is hanging, you have 800,000 teachers affected, you have children, learners affected, operations of various agencies of government affected,' says Education Secretary Leonor Briones

STRETCHED THIN. Education Secretary Leonor Briones says agencies have stretch their resources and operation amid an impasse on the 2019 budget. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

House recalls version of 2019 budget to end standoff with Senate

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Speaker Gloria Arroyo taps congressman Ronaldo Zamora to negotiate with the senators, but House appropriations committee chair Rolando Andaya says the recall of the budget bill has to be approved by the House plenary

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

No funds for newly hired teachers without 2019 budget – DepEd

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The Department of Education needs to hire some 80,000 teachers for the coming school year

NEW TEACHERS. The Department of Education warns that if the 2019 budget is not passed, funds for some 80,000 newly hired teachers were not included in its 2018 budget.  Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Arroyo insists House did nothing unconstitutional under 2019 budget

Mar 18, 2019 - 10:35 AM

'We would never put the President in a position of signing an unconstitutional bill,' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

NOT UNCONSTITUTIONAL? Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says the House did nothing illegal under the 2019 budget. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Last chance': Andaya presses Senate to sign 2019 budget

Mar 16, 2019 - 2:35 PM

House appropriations chairperson Rolando Andaya Jr says both chambers only have until May to 'complete' their task on the 2019 budget

BUDGET ISSUES. House committee on appropriations chairperson Rolando Andaya Jr gestures during his press conference on March 11, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DBM to Malacañang: Amend salary hike EO if budget impasse continues

Mar 15, 2019 - 5:47 PM

'With this measure, the long overdue compensation hike that our public servants have been looking forward to can finally be granted,' the DBM says

DBM. The facade of the Department of Budget and Management building in Manila. Photo by Judgefloro/Wikimedia Commons

Budget fiasco pushes economic team to lower growth target

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:44 PM

The government was optimistic that economic growth could hit 7% to 8%. Now, that lower-end figure is now the highest target.

NEDA warns reenacted budget to really hurt economy

Mar 13, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia warns economic growth can go as low as 4.2% to 4.9% under a full-year reenacted budget

SLOWDOWN. NEDA warns of slow economic growth under a reenacted budget. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Can the budget be adjusted post-bicam? What Supreme Court says

Mar 12, 2019 - 3:18 PM

The post-bicam itemization of the lower chamber must satisfy the requirement of the Supreme Court when it comes to line-item budgeting

Duterte on 2019 budget standoff: I won't sign anything illegal

Mar 11, 2019 - 9:05 PM

Faced with the further delay of the signing of the 2019 budget, President Rodrigo Duterte also warns of a 'slide' in economic growth

PARTNERS FOR PROGRESS, BROTHERS FOR PEACE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and members of his cabinet hold an expanded bilateral meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the members his delegation at the Malacañan Palace during the Malaysian Prime Minister's two-day official visit to the Philippines on March 7, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Andaya asks senators: Why hostage the 2019 budget?

Mar 11, 2019 - 5:17 PM

House committee on appropriations chair Rolando Andaya says if there are anomalous allocations under the 2019 budget as alleged by senators, President Rodrigo Duterte can always veto it

BUDGET ISSUES. House committee on appropriations chairperson Rolando Andaya Jr gestures during his press conference on March 11, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Senate also itemized parts of 2019 budget after ratification – Andaya

Mar 11, 2019 - 4:15 PM

House committee on appropriations chairperson Rolando Andaya Jr says this is the same process that congressmen did, which senators are now questioning: 'I really don’t see the difference here'

SENATE DID IT TOO. House appropriations panel chair Rolando Andaya Jr says senators also itemized parts of the 2019 budget after they ratified the bicameral conference committee report. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Andaya: 'Nothing illegal’ in itemizing health budget post-ratification

Mar 06, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Andaya cannot answer for certain the exact breakdown of P4.5 billion worth of funds for health facilities, just that each district got their share

HEALTH FACILITIES BUDGET. House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Rep. Rolando Andaya defends the move of the lower house to itemize its P4.5 billion health facilities budget only after the ratification of the bicameral committee report on the 2019 national budget. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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.

Bicam approves 2019 budget but rejects cash-based budget system

Feb 08, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Both the House and the Senate are targeting to ratify the 2019 budget on the same day so President Rodrigo Duterte may finally sign it into law

BICAM APPROVES. Lawmakers part of the bicameral conference committee pose for a picture after approving the 2019 budget on February 8, 2019. Photo from House committee on appropriations chair Rolando Andaya's office

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

Lacson to Duterte: Veto all pork in 2019 budget

Feb 05, 2019 - 12:57 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson urges President Duterte to again display his 'strong political will' by using his line-veto power to remove pork barrel in the proposed 2019 budget

Sen. Panfilo Lacson during the Senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Interior and Local Government and its attached agency on November 12, 2018. 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

No election pay for teachers without 2019 budget – Comelec

Feb 01, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez says training of personnel for the elections may not be completed and procurement of needed items may be stalled without a 2019 budget in place

NO FUNDS. Comelec warns it will have no funds to pay election workers if the 2019 budget is not passed. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Malacañang thumbs down Sotto’s reenacted budget proposal

Jan 31, 2019 - 12:01 PM

A reenacted budget would hurt the economy and delay the government's major infrastructure projects, says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

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

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

Reenacted budget for entire 2019? Bad news for economy

Jan 30, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III is proposing a reenacted budget for the whole year, but this would threaten the Philippines' economic growth

'Sick and tired' of pork claims, Sotto pushes reenacted budget for whole 2019

Jan 30, 2019 - 1:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'I hope that will erase all doubts and allegations of pork and other so-called insertions in the budget,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III of his proposal to withdraw the Senate version of the budget

Senate President Tito Sotto (left) and House Speaker Gloria M. Arroyo reads results of voting in favor for the extension of martial law in Mindanao during the joint congress session on December 12, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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