2020 national budget - updates

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Over 10,000 health workers could lose jobs due to DOH budget cut – Recto

Oct 10, 2019 - 3:00 PM

This concern comes as the Department of Health gears up for the implementation of the Universal Health Care law in 2020

NURSE PAY HIKE. Nurses from Filipino Nurses United (FNU) and nurses from different public and private hospitals ask for 30,000 salary increase, safe nurse to patient ratio, and quality patient care during a press conference at Ermita Manila on 8 October 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Recto proposes new job ranks with higher pay for teachers

Oct 05, 2019 - 3:59 PM

Senator Ralph Recto is proposing the creation of four additional salary grades for teachers

TIME FOR A RAISE. Classes open at the Corazon Aquino Elementary School on June 3, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Duterte’s perverse priorities in the proposed 2020 budget

Oct 03, 2019 - 12:02 PM

The national budget is one of the clearest expressions of a government’s values, its priorities, and its plans for the country. It tells us to what extent our politicians reflect the will and interests of the people.

Where House is proposing to realign P9.52 billion in 2020 budget

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Lawmakers want the Department of Agriculture to benefit the most from the proposed realignments by giving the agency an additional P3.5 billion to help rice farmers

REALIGNMENTS. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano breaks down the institutional amendments the House is proposing under the 2020 budget. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cayetano to critics: Find 'pork' in 2020 budget and House will remove it

Sep 30, 2019 - 6:40 PM

'Ang problema sa tsismis, basta't nabitawan mo na, hindi mo na madaling kunin,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano as he insists the 2020 budget is free of illegal insertions

BUDGET TALKS. (From L-R) Deputy Speaker Roberto Puno, Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, and Deputy Speaker LRay Villafuerte hold a press conference on September 30, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

New housing department wants P47.5-billion budget in 2020

Sep 24, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Senator Francis Tolentino proposes that housing funds under other agencies be consolidated under the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development instead

HIGHER BUDGET. DHSUD Secretary Eduardo del Rosario at the proposed 2020 budget of Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development and its attached agencies. September 24, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Romualdez to Lacson: Name your sources

Sep 24, 2019 - 2:26 PM

(4th UPDATE) 'Nobody seems to know where’s that coming from,' says House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez on Senator Panfilo Lacson's accusations of 'pork' against the 22 House deputy speakers

'NAME YOUR SOURCE.' Incumbent and former House majority leaders Martin Romualdez and Fredenil Castro want Senator Panfilo Lacson to name his sources. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lacson rebuffs Congress: ‘Wrong’ to say House passed 2020 budget in record time

Sep 23, 2019 - 7:26 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson points out that the House of Representatives' work isn't finished yet – it still has a period of amendments, after which it will finalize its version of the budget bill

WRONG. Senator Panfilo Lacson says it's too early for House of Representatives to celebrate over the passage of the proposed P4.1-trillion budget for 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

P1.6-B hike in House budget to also benefit Batasan workers, facilities

Sep 23, 2019 - 4:40 PM

But Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano denies deputy speakers and vice chairpersons in the House increased because he had to accommodate various factions of lawmakers

BUDGET INCREASE. House Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano defends the P1.6-billion increase in the House's proposed budget in 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Funds for 2020 barangay polls to be realigned to DA, DepEd instead

Sep 23, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says legislators are already set to postpone the 2020 barangay and SK elections, whose funds can now be realigned to other government programs next year

BUDGET REALIGNMENTS. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano discusses the 4 government programs whose funds lawmakers want to augment in 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

With polio back, EcoWaste wants more DOH funds to build toilets

Sep 22, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Only P2 million is allotted under the DOH's proposed 2020 budget to build sanitary toilets

POLIO OUTBREAK. The Department of Health declares a polio outbreak after the first case of the disease was recorded in the country after 26 years.

House OKs 2020 budget on final reading

Sep 20, 2019 - 8:59 PM

The progressive Makabayan lawmakers, however, blast the lack of transparency in the swift approval of the 2020 budget

House wants additional P1.6B budget for extra deputy speakers, vice chairs

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:17 PM

There are now 22 deputy speakers and 37 vice chairpersons of the House committee on appropriations who need new offices and additional staff to be funded in 2020

BUDGET INCREASE. The House of Representatives is proposing P14 billion for its budget in 2020, an increase P1.6 billion compared to this year's allocations. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Hontiveros says DOH's P10-billion budget cut an 'attack on public health'

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:22 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III appeals to senators to grant them additional budget for 2020 to be able to fully roll out the Universal Health Care law

BASIC SERVICES. Only basic services and accommodation are covered by the Universal Health Care Law and yet it still lacks funding for its first year of implementation. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

TESDA wants P3.3-billion additional budget for 2020

Sep 19, 2019 - 10:57 PM

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority chief Isidro Lapeña says half of the requested additional funding will be used to implement the Tulong-Trabaho Act

BUDGET. TESDA chief Isidro Lapena attends their budget hearing at the Senate on September 19, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Paolo Duterte hits tourism chief: 'Napupuyat na ko sa babae na 'to'

Sep 19, 2019 - 10:15 PM

It's President Rodrigo Duterte's son, House Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte, versus Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat

PAOLO VS BERNA. House Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte delivers a manifestation against DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat on September 19, 2019. File photo by Rappler

MISLEADING: No pay hike for teachers in proposed 2020 budget

Sep 19, 2019 - 4:45 PM

P31 billion has been proposed for compensation adjustment for all government employees, including teachers

House says possible to pass 2020 budget by September 20

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:41 PM

(UPDATED) This comes a day after President Duterte certifies the bill as urgent and it is revealed lawmakers will get P100 million each for their pet projects

Still not pork? P100 million for each lawmaker in 2020 budget

Sep 19, 2019 - 9:53 AM

(UPDATED) Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda, House committee on appropriations vice chair, says the executive branch determined the amount to be allotted per House member

PORK IN THE BUDGET? A House leader reveals millions have been allotted per congressman in the proposed 2020 budget. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senate panel OKs COA, Ombudsman proposed 2020 budgets

Sep 18, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Senator Imee Marcos says the 32% budget cut in the proposed 2020 budget of the Office of the Ombudsman is 'alarming'

BUDGET. Ombudsman Samuel Martires answers questions from the panel at the Senate hearing of the proposed 2020 budget of the Office of the Ombudsman on September 18, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte certifies 2020 national budget as urgent

Sep 18, 2019 - 7:08 PM

Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda is confident the House can pass the national budget bill on September 20

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech following the oath-taking ceremony of newly appointed officials at the Malacañan Palace on September 17, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Makabayan lawmakers push higher budget for CHR amid 'climate of injustice'

Sep 18, 2019 - 6:37 PM

'Gusto po sana naming maging priority ng gobyernong ito ang pangangalaga at pagtatanggol sa karapatang pantao,' says Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas

CHR along Commonwealth Ave in Quezon City on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

At House plenary, lawmakers vow to increase 'measly' OVP budget in 2020

Sep 18, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The Office of the Vice President assures lawmakers that any increase in its budget would go to its anti-poverty program

OVP BUDGET. Vice President Leni Robredo attends the House's plenary deliberations on her office's budget for 2020 on September 18, 2019. Photo by OVP

Channel drug rehab funds to Tokhang victims' burial assistance – Bong Go

Sep 17, 2019 - 7:36 PM

Burial assistance, be it for a drug war death or otherwise, usually comes from local government units and the Department of Social Welfare and Development

BURIAL ASSISTANCE. Senator Bong Go wants funds for the health department's drug rehabilitation program to go to burial assistance instead.

MMDA asks additional P697M to fund enforcers' salary increase

Sep 16, 2019 - 10:54 PM

As minimum-wage employees, traffic enforcers earn around P11,800 monthly

HAZARD PAY? A study showed that traffic enforcers are exposed to black carbon and heavy metal, which affect blood pressure and lung function. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Senate panel wants bigger 2020 budget for OVP

Sep 16, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Senators are keen on increasing the proposed P673-million budget of the Office of the Vice President

BUDGET. Vice President Leni Robredo personally appears before the Senate committee on finance to defend their proposed 2020 budget. OVP photo

Transfer Duterte's 'blackhole' confidential funds to services instead – lawmakers

Sep 16, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Are President Rodrigo Duterte's large confidential and intelligence funds being used to target his critics? ask progressive lawmakers in the House of Representatives

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on the sidelines of the Joint 69th National Security Council and 70th National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Founding Anniversary on July 31, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MMDA traffic management budget for 2020 suffers 69% decrease

Sep 16, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Meanwhile, flood control and management gets the bulk of the agency's P4.106-billion budget for 2020 national expenditures

BUDGET CUT. Only P103.17 million was allocated for the traffic and transport management budget of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority for 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

P63 billion right-of-way funds proposed in 2020 budget

Sep 15, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel calls on the DPWH and DOTr to be transparent on their multi-billion proposed allocations for right-of-way infrastructure projects

DFA requests additional funds to issue, upgrade more passports

Sep 12, 2019 - 10:05 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says only P647 million of the P5.61 billion it requested was approved by the Department of Budget and Management

At DFA budget hearing, Locsin appeals for more DND funds

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:35 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr calls for a higher budget for another agency: the Department of National Defense

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr presents the Department of Foreign Affairs' proposed 2020 budget at the Seante on September 12, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DepEd attached agencies get lower share in proposed 2020 budget

Sep 12, 2019 - 5:23 PM

All 5 agencies attached to the Department of Education absorbed budget cuts compared to the 2019 allocations

In hearing led by Bong Go, OP 2020 budget approved in minutes

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Only Duterte-allied senators – Bong Go, Ronald dela Rosa, and Francis Tolentino – attend the budget hearings for the Office of the President and Presidential Management Staff

Senator Bong Go preaides over the budget hearing of the Office of the President. September 11, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House kicks off plenary debates on 2020 budget

Sep 10, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The House plenary deliberations are expected to run until September 20

BUDGET DEBATES. The proposed 2020 budget has reached the House plenary on September 10, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Cayetano: House unlikely to reinstate billions of district funds in 2020 budget

Sep 10, 2019 - 5:40 PM

'We just have to be honest with the congressmen that it might not be solveable in this budget,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on legislators' bid to regain their vetoed infrastructure funds

BUDGET WOES. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says it would be difficult to accommodate all lamwakers to request to bring back the multi-billion infrastructure funds that was previously vetoed in the national budget. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House wants to increase DA funds to buy more rice from farmers

Sep 10, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says lawmakers also seek to create a Camp Development Fund, where each police and military camp would get P500 million to modernize facilities

DAVAO ORIENTAL, PHILIPPINES—Muddy water spurts out as a field labor er pulls out the rice seedlings in Banay-banay, Davao Oriental, southern Philippines. Photo taken in March 2016. RaksyBH / Shutterstock.com

Lawmakers want to reinstate in 2020 budget P90-B district allocations

Sep 09, 2019 - 6:14 PM

House appropriations chair Isidro Ungab says the congressmen want to 'reallocate' the billions of infra funds for their respective districts. These are the same funds which caused this year's budget crisis.

BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS. House committee on appropriations chair Isidro Ungab speaks to reporters on September 9, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

CHR's proposed 2020 budget moves to Senate plenary

Sep 09, 2019 - 1:48 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson asks the Commission on Human Rights to list its priority projects and expenses to see how much can still be augmented to the proposed P819.665 million budget for 2020

CHR along Commonwealth Ave in Quezon City on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

P8.2-B 2020 budget for Duterte's office breezes through House panel

Sep 06, 2019 - 12:03 PM

The budget hearing lasts less than 7 minutes. A lawmaker says he intends to question Malacañang's high confidential and intelligence funds when the budget proposal reaches the plenary.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 41st Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 4, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Railway projects get 98% of DOTr infra budget, but require P191B more

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Meanwhile, the road and maritime sectors have no approved infrastructure projects for 2020

RAILS, RAILS, RAILS. Department of Transportation Secretary defends his agency’s proposed budget, which allocated P106.7 billion for seven railway projects across the country. Photo from DOTr’s FB page

Budget cuts may hurt DOLE programs for OFWs, displaced workers in 2020

Sep 04, 2019 - 4:55 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III asks the House committee on appropriations for an additional P4 billion or P5 billion for his department next year

BUDGET WOES. The lower budget allocated for DOLE in 2020 may reduce the funds for on-site welfare services for overseas Filipino workers. File photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

Lawmakers want to increase tourism department's budget by P800 million

Sep 04, 2019 - 12:29 PM

The budget department has slashed to P3.8 billion the P4.3 billion originally proposed by the Department of Tourism mostly for its regional projects

MORE FUNDS. DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat's agency is strongly supported by lawmakers during its budget hearing in the House on September 4, 2019. February 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DepEd wants P30-billion budget increase for 2020

Sep 03, 2019 - 2:53 PM

The agency will prioritize 5 programs for boosting education quality and 6 for improving education access in its bid for 'more nuanced and carefully targeted interventions'

BIGGEST BUDGET. The Department of Education gets the largest share of the proposed P4.1-trillion budget, with a total of P P551.72 billion. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

All is well? Cayetano berates Ungab over 2020 budget row

Sep 02, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano unsurprisingly takes the side of his ally and Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund Villafuerte instead

SORTED OUT? House committee on appropriations chair Isidro Ungab (2nd from L) stands awkwardly with other House leaders after their meeting on September 2, 2019. Photo courtesy of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano's office

House leaders say issues after withdrawal of 2020 budget already ‘sorted out’

Sep 02, 2019 - 8:52 PM

(UPDATED) Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano calls for a meeting among House leaders to resolve the clash between Representatives Isidro Ungab and Luis Raymund Villafuerte

'SORTED OUT.' (From L-R) Senior Deputy Majority Leader Boying Remulla, House appropriations panel chair Isidro Ungab, Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, appropriations panel vice chairperson Elenita Ermita Buhain, Deputy Speaker LRay Villafuerte, and Deputy Speaker Neptali Gonzales II. Photo courtesy of Cayetano's office

DepEd plans to hire 10,000 teachers, 5,000 non-teaching staff in 2020

Sep 02, 2019 - 5:09 PM

In its proposed budget for 2020, the Department of Education is allotting P2.55 billion for hiring 10,000 teachers and creating 5,000 new non-teaching positions

NEW HIRES. This file photo shows a classroom at Araullo High School in Manila during the opening of the school year on June 3, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ungab to Villafuerte: Bill withdrawal to 'definitely derail' 2020 budget passage

Sep 02, 2019 - 10:50 AM

Two factions of Duterte allies in the House of Representatives are now clashing over the proposed 2020 budget

CLASH OF DUTERTE ALLIES. House committee on appropriations chairperson Isidro Ungab opposes Deputy Speaker LRay Villafuerte's withdrawal of the 2020 budget bill from the plenary. Photo from Ungab's Facebook page

Smells like pork? ‘Premature’ 2020 budget bill withdrawn in House plenary

Sep 02, 2019 - 9:50 AM

Deputy Minority Leader Carlos Zarate warns the withdrawal 'smells like the greasy patronage pork is being put into the oven'

BUDGET ISSUES. A top official in the House confirms withdrawing the 2020 budget bill from the plenary last week. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Where's P4 billion for farmers? Villar grills DBM, DA

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:15 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar wants the Department of Agriculture to account for how it used the funds that the Department of Budget and Management released in 2018

Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, presides the senate hearing on the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law on August 28, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lawmakers to DOH: Why only 33 areas for Universal Health Care rollout?

Aug 28, 2019 - 5:24 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III cites 'limitations' such as budgetary constraints as among the reasons