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DBM wants cops, soldiers to fund their own retirement

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:18 PM

Taxpayers, like you and me, are the ones paying every year for the retirement fund of the military and police, budget chief Benjamin Diokno says

Q&A. DBM Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno talks with media during "Breakfast with Ben" at the DBM Executive Lounge in Manila. Photo from the DBM

Senate OKs bill requiring economic managers to report to Congress

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:06 AM

The bill will mandate the Department of Finance, National Economic and Development Authority, the Department of Budget and Management, and the Central Bank to report biannually to Congress on fiscal and monetary policies

REPORT. The Senate has passed the bill seeking to require the country's economic managers to report biannually to Congress. Malacañang file photo

Diokno thinks 2018 budget deadlock unlikely to happen

Sep 14, 2017 - 4:15 PM

UPDATED While Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno is not worried over conflicts on the proposed budget of the Commission on Human Rights a foreign business leader says the issue is not sending the right signals to investors

NOT WORRIED. 'At this time I'm not worried about what's going to happen. I'll just look at what will come out of the third chamber. Let's not speculate on what's gonna happen,' DBM chief Benjamin Diokno says. File photo

Government infrastructure spending up 25% to P48.4B in July

Sep 11, 2017 - 12:30 AM

July s result means government spending on infrastructure and other capital expenditures stands at P297 5 billion so far this year up 11 1

DBM will continue to release performance bonus to gov't employees

Sep 08, 2017 - 8:25 PM

However Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno acknowledges the need to tighten the system of granting the PBB simplify the validation and address the unintended consequences

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NHA faces P10 billion cut in 2018 proposed budget

Aug 24, 2017 - 4:44 PM

The National Housing Authority possibly only has P2 2 billion to remedy the ballooning housing backlog

BUDGET CUT. The National Housing Authority will suffer a P10 billion budget cut in the proposed 2018 budget. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Ombudsman gets lawmaker support to restore P2B budget cut

Aug 23, 2017 - 3:39 PM

House Committee members also approve the Ombudsman s request of using P99 million worth savings

BUDGET HEARING. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales requests during the House budget hearing on August 23, 2017 to utilize P99 million worth of savings to augment their 2018 budget Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DA to start paying farm owners affected by bird flu outbreak

Aug 17, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he has already identified P31 million from the Quick Response Fund for the initial payment of affected farmers

BIRD FLU UPDATES. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol during a press conference on Avian Influenza at the Department of Agriculture office in Quezon City. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte, Sereno, China and ASEAN | Evening wRap

Aug 08, 2017 - 7:54 PM

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Senators hit Duterte's economic managers for opposing free tuition bill

Aug 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Senators urge the Duterte administration to view the measure as an investment for the future and not an expense

Malacañang file photo

DBM on free tuition in state colleges: 'Di kaya ng gobyerno 'yan'

Aug 01, 2017 - 11:07 PM

In the absence of any law we cannot appropriate money for free tuition says budget secretary Benjamin Diokno

TOO EXPENSIVE. Department of Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno said that the free tuition bill is too expensive for the government. File Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Drilon says gov't rightsizing a 'retrenchment' measure

Jul 29, 2017 - 11:19 PM

The Department of Budget and Management says the proposed measure is not about outright downsizing and would only cover the executive branch

Piñol wants rationalization of PH rural road programs

Jul 25, 2017 - 5:37 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the farm to market road program should get at least P20 billion in the 2018 budget

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Jul 14, 2017 - 8:04 PM

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DBM to release P5 billion for Marawi rehab in 2017

Jul 14, 2017 - 1:52 PM

The Department of Budget and Management says funds for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Marawi City will be released following a multi year scheme

MARAWI REHAB. The budget department allots at least P15 billion for 2017 and 2018 for Marawi recovery and rehabilitation efforts. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

No tuition collection in UP Diliman 'until gov't clear' about subsidy policy

Jul 11, 2017 - 9:40 PM

They are not clear yet as to how much subsidy there will be: partial or complete and who will be eligible Until they clarify we will not collect any amount from students says UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan

ISKOLAR NG BAYAN. This file photo shows the Oblation statue, an iconic symbol of the University of the Philippines. File photo from Wikimedia commons

Duterte admin's infra spending in May highest in 6 months

Jul 06, 2017 - 10:10 PM

Infrastructure spending rises by 31 4 in May 2017 alone the highest since November 2016

DAY AND NIGHT. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) inspects the 24/7 construction of an infrastructure project along Quezon Avenue. Photo from DPWH

To shift or not: Ilocos Sur farmers urged to keep growing tobacco

May 30, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Candon City in Ilocos Sur goes against the Philippines local and international commitments to shift farmers away from tobacco to alternative crops and livelihood

What local governments owe tobacco farmers

May 29, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Tobacco farmers in Sta Cruz Ilocos Sur say their local government uses its share in excise taxes on cigarettes in funding non tobacco farming projects

Gov't spending on infrastructure falls by P9B in April

May 28, 2017 - 10:15 PM

The Department of Budget and Management says the drop is mainly due to the absence of big ticket expenditures in the military s modernization program which are set for later in the year

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COA to BFP: Better to buy new fire trucks than repair old ones

May 28, 2017 - 9:35 PM

The Commission on Audit says spending money to fix fully depreciated vehicles is both excessive and unnecessary

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Apr 26, 2017 - 1:30 PM

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Ombudsman takes up DBM offer on new DAP evidence

Apr 26, 2017 - 8:36 AM

The new evidence supposedly points to the liabilities of Aquino and the Liberal Party

ADDRESSING ISSUES. After 3 months of media silence, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales appears in a news conference on April 25, 2017 to address issues concerning cases filed before her office. Photo by Rappler

Duterte orders early release of pension for AFP retirees

Apr 09, 2017 - 12:54 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte orders the DBM and the DND to expedite the early release of pension credentials for fiscal years 2008 to 2013 amounting to P6 421 billion

CHEERING VETERANS. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during the 75th Celebration of the Araw ng Kagitingan, honoring the veterans of World War II, at Mt. Samat National Shrine in Pilar, Bataan, April 9, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Apr 07, 2017 - 10:59 AM

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Diokno says soldiers can man airport immigration counters

Apr 06, 2017 - 5:24 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says he will not cave in to blackmails of immigration officers who have skipped work creating long lines at the airports

Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera

Diokno not budging, says corrupt BI system must stop

Apr 06, 2017 - 3:57 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno wants the Commission on Audit and the Bureau of Internal Revenue to look into the use of the express lane fund

NOT BUDGING. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno holds a press conference on April 6, 2017 and remains firm on abolishing express lane fund system. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Duterte's most trusted aide proposes solution to BI pay issue

Apr 05, 2017 - 5:53 PM

Secretary to the Cabinet Leoncio Evasco Jr proposes the fast tracking of proposed amendments to the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940

FACT CHECK: Immigration officers not 'contractuals,' contrary to Diokno's claim

Apr 04, 2017 - 10:18 PM

2nd UPDATE The Department of Budget and Management also posts an inaccurate monthly salary of immigration officers BI personnel point out

More immigration workers to resign if salary woes not solved – union

Apr 03, 2017 - 8:48 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says immigration workers who skip work because of the issue can be replaced anytime because they hold contractual positions

Baterina of Ilocos charged over PDAF scam

Mar 20, 2017 - 4:27 PM

The Ombudsman drops charges against former budget secretary and now Camarines Sur Rep Rolando Andaya Jr

CHARGED. Ilocos Sur 1st District Representative Salacnib Baterina is charged of 3 counts of graft, 3 counts of malversation and 1 count of direct bribery for the misuse of P33.9 million worth of his priority development assistance fund (PDAF)

Duterte's veto leaves thousands of BI workers scrambling for money

Mar 18, 2017 - 5:23 PM

With a very meager pay the rest of us will wallow in poverty the workers union tells President Rodrigo Duterte in a letter

Ex-budget chief Abad to be charged over DAP

Mar 07, 2017 - 5:10 PM

3rd UPDATE The Ombudsman indicts former budget secretary Florencio Abad for usurpation of legislative power but dismisses charges against ex president Benigno Aquino III

Cabinet officials back Duterte's tax reform plan

Mar 06, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says however his department is coordinating with the DOF to fine tune the excise tax brackets being proposed for vehicles

FULL SUPPORT. Several Cabinet officials attend the House ways and means panel hearing on March 6, including DOF Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, and DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Retired PAO lawyers win P139-M benefits claim

Mar 03, 2017 - 10:48 AM

The PAO retirees however will not be paid moral and exemplary damages

RETIREMENT PAY. Retired lawyers of the Public Attorney's Office win their P139 million benefits claim against the Department of Budget and Management.

Local governments not spending enough on social services – budget chief

Feb 27, 2017 - 9:50 AM

Bulk of funds are spent on local administrative functions instead of education health and nutrition population control labor and employment housing and community development social welfare and so forth

NOT ENOUGH. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said that local government units spend more on administrative functions than social services. File Photo

CHED task force finishes crafting rules of tuition-free policy

Jan 24, 2017 - 4:05 PM

We will conduct a comprehensive information campaign to ensure that deserving students have the chance to benefit from this game changing policy in higher education says CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan

UP file photo from Wikimedia commons

DepEd receives P543.2B in 2017 national budget

Jan 12, 2017 - 6:35 PM

The education department s increased budget will fund teachers salaries improve basic educational facilities purchase instructional materials and give financial assistance to students

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Diokno proposes police, military pay hike to fulfill Duterte's promise

Jan 03, 2017 - 10:58 PM

This is on top of efforts of the Aquino administration to increase pay of uniformed personnel

SALARY HIKE PROPOSAL. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno answers questions from the media on January 3, 2017. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Palace on PH ASEAN hosting: It will be 'extraordinary and amazing’

Jan 03, 2017 - 3:25 PM

Malacañang gives a preview of the Philippines ASEAN chairmanship even as questions hound the award of one government contract in line with the event

'EXTRAORDINARY, AMAZING.' Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella says the Philippines would be preparing something grand as it hosts the 50th ASEAN anniversary this year. File photo from PPD

Cebu Pacific to give discounts for gov't employees on business trips

Nov 28, 2016 - 7:35 PM

The Department of Budget and Management expects to save over P1 billion under the Government Fares Agreement

PHILGEPS. (LR) Arlene Tena, Director for Passenger Sales of Cebu Pacific; Andrew Huang, Chief Finance Officer; Alexander Lao, President and CEO of Cebgo; Michael Szucs, Chief Executive Adviser of Cebu Pacific; Benjamin Diokno, Secretary of Department of Budget and Management; Lance Gokongwei, President and CEO of Cebu Pacific; Bingle Gutierrez, Executive Director of DBM's PS-PhilGEPS; Agnes Bailen, Undersecretary of DBM; Flerida Arias, Officer-in-charge Director, Operations Group of PS-PhilGEPS; Rosa Maria Clemente, OIC Deputy Executive Director V of PS-PhilGEPS; Dalisay Dela Chica, Chief, Sales Division of PS-PhilGEPS; Leah Valdez, Chief, Marketing Division of PS-PhilGEPS. Photo from Cebu Air Inc

TESDA chief: PH training centers need repairs, new equipment

Nov 03, 2016 - 7:50 PM

Had we sat down at TESDA earlier we would have addressed this through the 2017 budget says Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director General Guiling Mamondiong

'I PITY TESDA.' Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director-General Guiling Mamondiong says his agency needs more budget to improve their training centers and equipment. Screenshot from Rappler video

Muntinlupa's Biazon, DBM officials suspended over PDAF scam

Oct 21, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Muntinlupa City Representative Rozzano Rufino Biazon has expressed his intention to voluntarily serve his 90 day preventive suspension

Biazon file photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Robredo urges Duterte to stop land conversion ban

Oct 13, 2016 - 6:00 PM

This will make our mission far more difficult in solving the growing problem of homelessness says Vice President Leni Robredo on the proposed ban on the conversion of agricultural lands

Budget officials ask Sandiganbayan to stop 'unjust' suspensions

Oct 13, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The 4 officials say they had served 3 suspension orders in relation to the PDAF cases and another suspension would be grossly unjust

Diokno: tax reform by end of 2016, construction mode after

Sep 28, 2016 - 4:31 PM

According to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno tax reform will be realized mid 2017 at the latest while infra will be ramped up for the next 6 years

BANKERS ASSEMBLY. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno bares budget reforms and expenditure programs of the present administration to bankers in Makati. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

No questions asked: CA confirms Diokno in less than 20 minutes

Sep 28, 2016 - 12:57 PM

Lawmakers did not ask any questions and were all praises for the budget chief

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Hike in allowance, salaries to double AFP, PNP take-home pay

Sep 27, 2016 - 1:20 PM

Military personnel will also receive rice allowance of 20 kilograms of rice per month says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

DUTERTE'S PROMISES. President Rodrigo Duterte greets members of the 9th Infantry Division Spear Troopers upon his arrival at Camp Elias Angeles in Camarines Sur on September 21, 2016. Photo by ACE MORANDANTE/ PPD

Peso depreciation 'no cause for concern' – Diokno

Sep 27, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the Philippines is still on track to meet its economic growth targets