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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

Duterte approves proposed P3.757-T national budget for 2019

Jul 10, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The proposed P3.757-trillion budget for 2019 is smaller than the 2018 budget of P3.77 trillion

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.'

How government has allocated funds for Marawi rehabilitation

Jun 29, 2018 - 8:00 AM

About P5.1 billion was released in 2017 while about P54.1 million has been released in 2018. Most of the funds have been for relief; reconstruction projects remain few.

CASH RELEASED. Over P5 billion has been released to provide relief for Marawi residents but gaps in addressing the basic needs of remain. Photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler, Ted Aljibe/AFP, Shutterstock

DBM seeks P11-B budget increase for free tuition in state colleges

Jun 27, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says P51 billion has been allotted for the free tuition program in the proposed 2019 national budget, higher than the P40-billion allocation this year

HIGHER BUDGET. Department of Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno speaks at the midterm convention of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges about higher budget for the free tuition law. Photo from the DBM

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

Higher prices partly due to NFA's 'incompetence' – Diokno

Jun 11, 2018 - 12:42 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the National Food Authority's 'incompetence' caused panic which resulted in higher rice prices

GOING DOWN. Department of Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno says inflation is already decelerating. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

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

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

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?’

Filipina chosen to speak for her Harvard class

May 23, 2018 - 9:11 PM

'It's time to go back and fight our battles,' says Clare Amador to the graduating mid-career class at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Pera’t kapangyarihan: 5 bagay na ipinagkakatiwala natin sa mga halal sa barangay

May 14, 2018 - 6:00 AM

Bago natin ihalal ang tambay na kapitbahay o ang bagitong ambisyoso sa Mayo 14, alamin muna kung gaano kalaking kapangyarihan at pondo ang ipagkakatiwala natin sa kanila

PAGHAHANDA. Nililinis ng mga tauhan ng treasurer’s office ng Quezon City Hall ang lumang ballot boxes na gagamitin sa barangay at Sangguniang Kabataan elections sa Lunes, Mayo 14, 2018, Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Only 1.16% of disaster response items delivered to OCD in 2017 – COA

May 13, 2018 - 10:30 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management should refund the Office of Civil Defense for undelivered items

UNDELIVERED. The Commission on Audit says P5.11 million or only 1.16% of disaster-response items purchased by the Office of Civil Defense were delivered by the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management in 2017.

Funds and power: 5 things we entrust the barangay officials we elect

May 10, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Before we elect the neighborhood 'tambay' or the ambitious political startup on May 14, know how much funds and powers we're entrusting them with

PREPARATIONS. Personnel of the treasurer’s office of Quezon City Hall clean old ballot boxes that will be used for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on Monday, May 14, 2018, Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

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

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May 02, 2018 - 7:38 PM

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AirAsia to give discounts for gov't staff on official domestic trips

May 02, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Processing and rebooking fees will also be waived, and 20-kilogram baggage will be granted

GOVERNMENT DISCOUNTS. As of end of December 2017, a total amount of P202.8 million has been generated as sales for the government fares agreement. Considering that these airline tickets were purchased 8% to 9% less than the regular price, a savings of P19.5 million was achieved for the government as of 2017. Photo by AFP

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May 02, 2018 - 12:25 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Labor and Employment Secretary discuss some of the provisions of the Executive Order (EO) prohibiting illegal contractualization during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. The President signed the EO during the event signifying his firm commitment to put an end to illegal contractualization. Also in the photo is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DBM to release P490M for Boracay roads

May 02, 2018 - 10:20 AM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno also says P448 million was released to the Department of Labor and Employment for assistance to Boracay workers and residents

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

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Sis Pat Fox. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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

Congress seeks P1.16-B special budget for Dengvaxia recipients

Mar 21, 2018 - 4:19 PM

(UPDATED) The additional budget, which has been requested by the budget and health departments, will be used to provide medical support, like hospitalization, medical kits, outpatient care services, and laboratory tests

BUDGET. The Department of Budget and Management and Department of Health will request a supplemental budget for Dengvaxia vaccinees. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

You want parks, sidewalks, plazas? DBM has P2.5B for interested cities

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Interested city governments can submit conceptual designs of proposed projects, which will be evaluated by a team in June

RIVERSIDE PLAZA. A group of students hold a dance rehearsal at the entrance of the Iloilo Esplanade. File photo by Katerina Francisco/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

DBM: Enough funds for OFW repatriation from Kuwait

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:52 PM

The labor department says 800 overseas Filipino workers are scheduled to be home within the week

WAITING. Following the deaths of 7 OFWs in Kuwait, the Department of Labor and Employment stopped the processing and issuing of overseas employment certificates to all Kuwait-bound workers. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Gov't officials urge passage of budget reform bill

Feb 13, 2018 - 5:18 PM

The budget reform bill also seeks to streamline the financial transactions across government agencies under an integrated information system

SURVEY. Panel discussion with DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno, COA Chairperson Michael Aguinaldo, House committee on Appropriations chairperson Karlo Nograles, and DLSU Jesse M Robredo Institution of Governance Director Francisco Magno on the 2017 Open Budget Survey happened on February 13, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

PH ranks first in Asia for budget transparency

Jan 31, 2018 - 12:28 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine government provides adequate and timely information on the national budget, the 2017 Open Budget Survey shows

DBM releases P28.26-M quick response fund for Albay

Jan 24, 2018 - 7:06 PM

(UPDATED) The internal revenue allotment of all local government units is already released, allowing the province of Albay to tap into their quick response fund

UNREST. Mayon Volcano erupts with ash and lava on January 24, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

No budget for teachers' salary hike in 2018 – Diokno

Jan 17, 2018 - 1:54 PM

'We cannot unilaterally change the budget because the Congress has the power of the purse...We cannot spend what Congress has not approved,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

TOO COSTLY. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said doubling the salaries of public school teachers is too costly for the government. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Poorest families to get P200 monthly to offset effect of new taxes

Jan 10, 2018 - 6:02 PM

'This is in response to critics who say that Train is anti-poor because the informal sector and already tax-exempt wage earners will be faced with higher excise taxes,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

BRIEFING. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno held a press conference on January 10, 2017. Photo from DBM

Metro Manila Subway leads expected infra buildup in 2018

Dec 20, 2017 - 5:37 PM

The subway is expected to break ground in Q3 as one of 6 major rollouts next year while government spending is up 10% to P2.241 trillion through January to October of this year

'Duterte spent confidential, intel funds better' – Diokno

Dec 20, 2017 - 3:14 PM

(UPDATED) 'I think in terms of effectiveness, Duterte is more effective than the past administrations [in using the funds],' Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says, even as opposition lawmakers decry getting a zero budget

BRIEFING. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno held a briefing on the 2018 national budget on December 20, 2017. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Why intelligence funds require scrutiny

Dec 18, 2017 - 9:22 PM

In an ideal situation, it is Congress that should exercise oversight of intelligence funds

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III

Are Duterte's multi-million-peso intel funds achieving their purpose?

Dec 18, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Confidential and intelligence funds, by their nature, are difficult to audit. Given significant increases in level of spending on these items, should taxpayers simply trust that President Duterte is 'a good man'?

PCOO to review FOI exception list for 2018

Dec 06, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Presidential Communications Operations Office celebrates the first year of implementation of the Freedom of Executive Order and looks into reviewing the list of exceptions to data that can be requested come 2018

FOI SUMMIT. The Presidential Communications Operations Office held the first Freedom of Information Summit on December 5, 2017. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

These gov't workers will get P40B in yearend bonuses, cash gifts

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Starting November 15, every qualified government employee will receive a yearend bonus amounting to one month basic salary that is tax free and a cash gift of P5,000

Why cover the national budget?

Nov 02, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Boring they may be, but the national budget documents tell the story of how our money is supposed to be spent

COA urges 'immediate' investigation into P38-B Malampaya fund releases

Nov 02, 2017 - 2:33 PM

'The DBM’s laxity in the release of SAROs to Implementing Agencies and without thorough evaluation, contributed to the misuse of funds by the IAs,' says the Commission on Audit

INVESTIGATION. The Commission on Audit (COA) recommends investigation into budget department officials for the irregular disbursement of P38 billion worth of Malampaya funds.

Poe seeks additional P5-B Marawi rehabilitation fund

Oct 22, 2017 - 5:45 PM

This is on top of the P5 billion for 2017 and P10 billion for 2018 allotted by the Duterte administration. The funds for 2019 have yet to be determined.

WHAT REMAINS. Inside the battle area in Marawi City.