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Malacañang approves suspension of fuel excise tax increase in 2019

Nov 14, 2018 - 11:44 AM

(UPDATED) Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the suspension will be effective in the first quarter of 2019, and will be up for quarterly review

EXCISE TAX. The Philippine government will suspend the second round of the fuel excise tax hike as the country deals with soaring inflation. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Diokno: Fuel tax hike suspension to cut jeepney drivers' subsidy in 2019

Oct 17, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Jeepney drivers will receive a fuel subsidy smaller than the expected P20,515 in 2019

NO INCREMENTS. There will be no additional fuel subsidies to jeepney drivers due to suspension of excise tax on oil. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Oct 03, 2018 - 9:32 PM

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Diokno: 'Let's not push for higher wages' amid high inflation

Oct 03, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno sees inflation as a 'transitory' event, and not necessarily a good basis to adjust wages

INCREASE WAGES. A protester holds a placard calling for a national minimum wage. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

6.8% inflation? Diokno says 'no big difference'

Oct 02, 2018 - 2:55 PM

The Philippines is set to miss the GDP growth target of 7% to 8% this year, too, says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

NO DIFFERENCE. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says that a higher inflation rate in September will make "no big difference." Photo by Darren Langit/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

No pork in 2019 budget, Roxas on rice crisis, Trump on China | Midday wRap

Sep 19, 2018 - 12:21 PM

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Philippine peso sinking to P58 vs $1 'unlikely' – Diokno

Sep 19, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the government relies on overseas Filipinos' remittances and foreign direct investments to keep the economy steady

UNLIKELY. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the P58 to a dollar forecast is 'unlikely.' File photo by Angie de Silva/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

Higher inflation in 2019 if rice tariffication not passed – Diokno

Sep 05, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno is confident the rice tariffication bill will be approved

RICE. A rice retailer sells commercial rice at the Market in Quezon City on August 23, 2018 File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

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Aug 15, 2018 - 9:13 PM

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DBM not backing down on cash-based budgeting

Aug 15, 2018 - 11:31 AM

'We just want this legislated so that there's a structural reform so the next President will not go back to the old practice,' says Diokno

REFORM. DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno is keen with pushing cash-based budgeting. DBM 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

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Aug 14, 2018 - 12:44 PM

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DBM ready for reenacted budget if Congress rejects 2019 proposal

Aug 13, 2018 - 12:53 PM

(UPDATED) Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the President has submitted the proposed 2019 budget, leaving it to Congress to pass or reject it

WORST CASE. Budget Secretary Diokno says they are ready for the worst case scenario – a reenacted 2018 budget. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Economic managers seek Duterte's help in lowering LGU share

Aug 08, 2018 - 12:47 PM

The government finance team still has no idea where it will source the additional funds for local government units

NEDA Sec Permia. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Diokno says free tuition law now part of GAA

Aug 02, 2018 - 7:48 PM

'We’re providing for it. Kasama na talaga sa budget,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, despite previously warning government would not be able to shoulder the cost of free tuition

ECONOMIC MANAGER. DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, during hearing on the proposed P3.8-trillion budget for 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gov't fiscal deficit narrows to P193 billion mid-2018

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:23 PM

Despite lower fiscal deficit, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says that disbursements for the half of the year surpassed programmed expenditure

ON TRACK. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno on August 1, 2018 talks to the media about public sector spending being on track. DBM Photo

SC ruling on IRA can lead to 'unmanageable' fiscal deficit – Diokno

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the Supreme Court ruling that local governments should have shares in all tax collections 'will restrain the [national] budget'

ACCOMPLISHMENTS. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno speaks at the pre-SONA forum on July 11, 2018. Photo from the Department of Budget and Management

Separate budget for 2019 plebiscite not needed – Diokno

Jul 11, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says 'the plan is to have the plebiscite to coincide with the local elections' in May 2019

ACCOMPLISHMENTS. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno presents at the pre-SONA forum the accomplishments of the department in the past year. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

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Jul 03, 2018 - 10:05 PM

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Gov't now expects 2018 inflation to reach as high as 4.5%

Jul 02, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The government previously pegged inflation at just within 2% to 4%, but prices keep rising. Meanwhile, the deficit forecast is also raised to 'sustain the momentum of the Build, Build, Build program.'

What Duterte, economic managers said about the poor

Jun 27, 2018 - 2:30 PM

In his second year in office, President Rodrigo Duterte draws flak for insisting that rehabilitating poor drug addicts is useless. Meanwhile, economic managers downplay inflation.

DBM: Gov't spending up by 12% to P292 billion in May 2018

Jun 27, 2018 - 1:30 PM

The Department of Budget and Management attributes the increase to completed infrastructure projects and higher government personnel pay

HIGHER SPENDING. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno reports higher government spending for May 2018. File photo from the Department of Budget and Management

The many times Duterte and his Cabinet contradicted each other

Jun 20, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Rice supply, salary increases for teachers and soldiers, briefings on Chinese harassment in Ayungin Shoal, ban on Rappler – these are just some of the issues over which the President didn't seem to consult his alter egos before speaking

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte makes a short pause during the 26th Cabinet Meeting to accommodate his daughter Veronica who dropped by at the Malacañan Palace to visit her father on June 11, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Diokno concerned with 'short' Swiss challenge period for Marawi rehab

Jun 18, 2018 - 12:30 PM

During the June 11 Cabinet meeting, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno questions the 3-week period for other developers to challenge the proposal of the China-led Bangon Marawi Consortium

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte makes a short pause during the 26th Cabinet Meeting to accommodate his daughter Veronica who dropped by at the Malacañan Palace to visit her father on June 11, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Despite higher inflation, economic managers reject TRAIN law suspension

Jun 05, 2018 - 1:45 PM

'We must stay the course,' the economic managers say in a joint statement as they defended the tax reform law as crucial to progress

INFLATION BRIEFING. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno (middle) reads the joint statement of the Department of Budget and Management, Department of Finance, and National Economic and Development Authority on the May 2018 inflation figure. Photo from DBM

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: The bad joke that is Benjamin Diokno

Jun 04, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Step down from your ivory tower and embrace reality – the reality of the shrinking peso, in the truest meaning of the word

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May 31, 2018 - 7:05 PM

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Malacañang: Duterte does not consider Filipinos 'crybabies'

May 31, 2018 - 1:20 PM

A cautious Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque distances the President from Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno's remark that Filipinos should be 'less of a crybaby' when it comes to inflation

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BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photo  taken from a military aircraft shows the dilapidated Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Philippine soldiers onboard to secure the perimeter in the Spratly Islands, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP

P1.36-B budget needed to rehabilitate Boracay

May 31, 2018 - 10:34 AM

Task Force Boracay says the amount covers everything – from ensuring sanitation to decongesting the island

DEMOLITION. Some establishments demolish the facade of their stores to comply with the government's rehabilitation plan. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

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May 30, 2018 - 7:47 PM

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Diokno on high fuel prices: ‘We should be less of a crybaby’

May 30, 2018 - 2:30 PM

(UPDATED) Budget chief Benjamin Diokno says tax reform cannot be suspended midway: ‘We are promising you world class infrastructure. Do you want us to stop doing that? Traffic congestion is causing P3.5 billion daily. Do you want us to stop doing that?’

Diokno: Returning OFWs can get jobs from gov't infrastructure program

May 09, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the Philippine government will send a mission to Kuwait to convince Filipino workers to come home and work in their home country

MORE JOBS. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says 1.1 million jobs is available for Filipino workers. Photo from the Department of Budget and Management

Gov't workers to receive mid-year bonus starting May 15

May 09, 2018 - 2:45 PM

The total amount allocated for the mid-year bonus stands at P36.2 billion

BONUS. Government employees will receive their mid-year bonus starting May 15.

Suspending TRAIN law amid higher prices 'more harm than good' – Diokno

May 09, 2018 - 11:14 AM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says higher prices are only a temporary effect of the tax reform law and should normalize during the second half of the year or in 2019

HIGHER PRICES. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says prices will normalize during the second half of the year. Photo from the Department of Budget and Management

[OPINION] The persistence of blaming the poor

May 07, 2018 - 4:15 PM

In a highly stratified society like ours, what we need to argue about is whether the success of the few have been achieved at the expense of the many

[OPINION] To escape poverty, hard work is not enough

May 04, 2018 - 9:45 AM

Diokno’s recent statement, for the record, is a gross misrepresentation of economists' contemporary thinking about the nature of poverty and income mobility

Diokno: 'Kung masipag ka lang, hindi ka magugutom sa Pilipinas'

May 02, 2018 - 8:50 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno makes the remark when asked if the Philippines can absorb overseas Filipino workers if they return home

REINTEGRATION. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says there are jobs for OFWs who want to go back to the Philippines. Photo courtesy of DBM

Budget dep't releases P448M for Boracay workers

Apr 27, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Budget chief Benjamin Diokno says the funds for Boracay are charged against the fiscal year 2018 contingent fund in the national budget

Part of calamity fund to be used for Boracay closure – DBM

Apr 11, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the P2 billion promised by President Rodrigo Duterte for the Boracay closure will be sourced from the calamity fund

BRIEFING. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno holds a press briefing at the Department of Budget and Management on April 11, 2018. Photo courtesy of DBM

Gov't eyes additional boats, terminals for Pasig River ferry system

Apr 04, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The government wants to build 17 new terminals and add 24 boats to serve the ferry system. Once completed, the operation and maintenance of the upgraded system will be offered to the private sector.

INSPECTION. DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno leads the inspection of the Pasig River ferry system on April 4, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Gov't to hire over 75,000 more teachers for school year 2018-2019

Apr 04, 2018 - 1:35 PM

A total of 40,642 kindergarten and elementary teachers, 34,244 junior high school teachers, and 356 senior high school teachers will be hired when the school year opens in June

BRIEFING. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno holds a press briefing on April 4, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

DBM: National ID system to improve delivery of gov't services

Mar 14, 2018 - 4:02 PM

'Everybody will benefit especially those who receive government assistance. We can weed out fake IDs,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

NATIONAL ID. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says he is hopeful the Philippine Identification System will be rolled out within a year. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

DBM to use satellite image data to monitor gov't projects

Mar 07, 2018 - 1:31 PM

Through Project Dime, high-value projects will be monitored through LiDAR technology and satellite imaging

COLLABORATION. DBM is partnering with DOST in monitoring the status and speed of implementation of government projects. Photo courtesy of DBM

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DBM: Gov't underspending down to 3% at P85.2 billion in 2017

Feb 28, 2018 - 11:36 AM

If the debt burden is excluded, underspending in 2017 only amounts to P39.9 billion or less than 2% of the full-year fiscal program of P2.91 trillion

UNDERSPENDING. The government recorded a lower underspending rate for 2017. File Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

DBM excludes some DepEd, DOH employees from 2016 performance bonus

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:25 PM

'The release of the 2016 PBB has encountered several delays owing to late or incomplete submission of requirements of agencies,' says budget chief Benjamin Diokno

BUDGET. The Department of Budget and Management clarified the delayed release of performance-based bonus for government employees. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler