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2020 budget: A year of compromises

Jan 09, 2020 - 4:01 PM

Part 2: This year's budget is far less controversial than 2019, but to achieve that, compromises were made. Will it be worth it?

2020 budget: Where will the money go?

Jan 08, 2020 - 9:53 PM

Most departments gain substantial increases in 2020's P4.1-trillion national budget, as the government recuperates from the effects of the 4-month budget delay in 2019

DBM: Philippines has P1.82 billion for OFW evacuation from Middle East

Jan 08, 2020 - 1:25 PM

The Philippine government can also tap the P13-billion contingent fund for the evacuation of Filipinos from the Middle East, should the budget be insufficient

Is the salary increase for teachers, gov't workers enough?

Jan 07, 2020 - 9:24 PM

(UPDATED) With nearly a million teachers nationwide, a salary increase for them would already entail big sums of money, according to some government officials

Duterte signs P4.1-trillion 2020 budget into law

Jan 06, 2020 - 4:21 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte signs the 2020 budget bill into law, less than a week after the Philippine government started to operate under a reenacted budget

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs into law the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2020 during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on January 6, 2020. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Philippines welcomes 2020 by operating on a reenacted budget

Jan 01, 2020 - 12:00 AM

The P4.1-trillion 2020 budget is scheduled to be signed by the President on January 6, forcing the government to operate in the first few days of January 2020 with the funds appropriated in 2019

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

National budget may be signed in January 2020 – Cayetano

Dec 23, 2019 - 9:25 PM

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says that while the budget signing will be slightly behind schedule, projects will not be delayed

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, and other House leaders hold press conference on December 23, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

5 best smartphones from P10,000 to P15,000 in 2019

Dec 20, 2019 - 10:09 PM

From the Realme 5 Pro to the Redmi Note 8 Pro, here are our picks for the best phones in this price range

5 best smartphones under P10,000 in 2019

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:05 PM

From the OPPO A5s to Samsung Galaxy A20s, here are our picks for the budget phones of the year

Acosta asks Duterte to veto provision defunding PAO lab in 2020 budget

Dec 13, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Chief Public Attorney Persida Acosta claims the PAO forensic lab was defunded to 'jeopardize its operations' but lawmakers have said that the lab just duplicated the work of other agencies

CHIEF PUBLIC ATTORNEY. PAO Chief Persida Acosta wants the PAO forensic lab to get funding under the 2020 budget. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lacson urges Duterte to veto questionable P16B in bicam-approved 2020 budget

Dec 12, 2019 - 7:49 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson hopes the President would once again veto questionable items in the proposed 2020 budget, just as he did with this year's fiscal plan

ANTI-PORK. Senator Panfilo Lacson raises questionable projects in the proposed 2020 budget. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte's economic team proposes P4.64-trillion budget for 2021

Dec 11, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Universal health care, anti-poverty measures, climate change, and the peace process are among the government's priorities for 2021

Global slowdown spoils Duterte's 8% GDP growth dream

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's economic team lowers the Philippines' growth target to the 6.5% to 7.5% range for 2020 to 2022

Congress passes P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020

Dec 11, 2019 - 4:10 PM

But Senator Panfilo Lacson accuses the House of allegedly inserting P16.345 billion worth of projects in the 2020 budget

Plenary Hall-The of House of Representatives approved the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bicam approves P4.1-trillion 2020 national budget

Dec 11, 2019 - 11:55 AM

The Senate and the House of Representatives are expected to ratify the bicam report on the 2020 budget on Wednesday, December 11, during their respective sessions

BICAM. The Senate contingent, led by Senator Sonny Angara as the Senate finance chairman, signs the panel report on the bicam-approved P4.1-trillion 2020 budget. Photo from Office of Sherwin Gatchalian

Bicam meetings on 2020 budget to push through despite Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 03, 2019 - 10:20 AM

House appropriations committee chair Isidro Ungab and Senate finance committee chair Juan Edgardo Angara will meet to settle contentious provisions of the House and Senate versions of the 2020 general appropriations bill

CLOSED DOOR MEETING. Senate committee on finance chair Juan Edgardo Angara and House committee on appropriations chair Isidro Ungab will meet to discuss the proposed 2020 budget on December 3, 2019. Photo from Ungab's Facebook page

P12-billion budget for Cebu province approved

Dec 02, 2019 - 7:44 PM

The Cebu provincial board allocates over half its P12-billion budget to social services. It is approved without opposition.

APPROVED. Vice Governor Hilario Davide III presides over Cebu provincial board session approving P12-billion budget for 2020. Photo from Sugbo News/Cebu Province Public Information Office

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

Bicam to ‘amicably resolve’ 2020 budget issues behind closed doors

Nov 29, 2019 - 1:30 PM

House committee on appropriations chair Isidro Ungab and Senate committee on finance chair Juan Edgardo Angara will meet one-on-one to settle the conflicting provisions in the budget bill

BUDGET TALKS. The 18th Congress' bicameral conference committee on the proposed 2020 budget convenes on November 29, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

2020 budget includes salary increase of gov't nurses

Nov 28, 2019 - 9:01 PM

Senator Lacson says government nurses can start getting higher salaries as early as January 2020

HIGHER SALARIES. 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

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

Lacson says pork-free national budget an ‘impossible dream’

Nov 21, 2019 - 9:40 PM

After flagging some P20 billion in dubious items in different agencies’ budget proposals, the senator says he finds the hunt for ‘pork' funds ‘more exciting than irritating'

HIDE AND SEEK. Senator Panfilo Lacson says he finds the yearly hunt for questionable items in the proposed national budget 'more exciting than irritating.' 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?

Faeldon tried to realign P1-billion BuCor budget to Mindoro prison

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'We heard that he (Nicanor Faeldon) was interested in running for an election post in Mindoro. Certainly, to request to realign P1 billion to Sablayan detention facilities in Mindoro becomes suspect,' says Senator Franklin Drilon

REALIGNMENT. Sacked BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon attempts to realign P1 billion to the Sablayan penal farm in Mindoro, where he was earlier rumored to run for governor. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Judiciary gets additional P2-B budget, more judges to be hired

Nov 20, 2019 - 1:11 PM

The Presidential Electoral Tribunal gets a P13.05 million share from the additional budget

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta during the Judiciary budget hearing at the Senate on November 20, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Duterte defends P50-M SEA Games cauldron

Nov 20, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Owing to its design by the late National Artist for Architecture Francisco Mañosa, the President claims it is impossible to estimate what an 'appropriate' cost would be since it is a 'product of the mind'

NO CORRUPTION. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 43rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on November 6, 2019. Presidential Photo

Sotto calls for halt in implant contraceptive funding for 2020

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:13 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III questions the ruling of the Food and Drug Administration that Implanon and Implanon NXT are non-abortifacient

GO SIGNAL. The FDA says contraceptive implant brands Implanon and Implanon NXT are non-abortifacients. Illustration by Shellete Gipa/Rappler

P1.5 billion worth of SEA Games funds will not undergo public bidding

Nov 19, 2019 - 5:55 PM

(UPDATED) Speaker Cayetano says the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee were overwhelmed and couldn't handle the funds, so Phisgoc had no choice but to accept 'financial assistance'

House Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano, chairman of the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), Senator Bong Go and Butch Ramirez, PSC chairman pose for posterity before the start of the floor deliberations of the 2020 budget of the Philippine Sports Comission. November 19, 2019.  Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate plenary deliberations on the PSC 2020 budget

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Senate Minority Franklin Drilon has raised questions on the proposed budget of the agency responsible for the hosting of the 2019 SEA Games. Watch the Senate deliberations live on Rappler.

3 years on, Bong Go still wrongly thinks CHR 'protects' only criminals

Nov 18, 2019 - 9:24 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says they are mandated to remind the government to punish criminals 'in accordance with the rule of law'

BONG GO. Senator Bong Go interpellates the 2020 budget of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and directly questions CHR chairman Chito Gascon on November 18, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Drilon questions P50-million ‘kaldero’ for 2019 SEA Games

Nov 18, 2019 - 1:25 PM

(UPDATED) ‘We do away with 50 classrooms to build a P50-million kaldero that we use only once? I am not even talking about overpricing. I'm talking about propriety,’ the Minority Floor Leader says

SEA GAMES. The government spent P50 million for a giant cauldron (center) which will be used for the torch lighting ceremony at the 2019 SEA Games. Photo courtesy of BCDA

Health care gets biggest increase in Pasig’s P12-B budget for 2020

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:40 PM

The increase in the city's health budget is more than what Mayor Vico Sotto promised during the campaign and for which critics and trolls ridiculed him

Pasig City Mayor Vic Sotto addresses the housing sites for residents of Javier Bridge West Bank, Floodway, Maybunga on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Makati allots P8.07 billion for social services in 2020 budget

Nov 15, 2019 - 12:59 PM

This is nearly half of the P18.047-billion budget for next year passed by the city council and approved by Makati Mayor Abby Binay

2020 BUDGET APPROVED. Makati Mayor Abby Binay and Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo hand a P100,000 check to a centenarian from the city. Photo from Makati City government

Senate recalls approval of BCDA's P15.5-billion budget

Nov 14, 2019 - 7:15 PM

The sponsor of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority budget will be made to explain how the New Clark City Sports Complex won't turn into a white elephant after the SEA Games

SPORTS BUDGET. Senator Bong Go, sponsor of the Philippine Sports Commission budget, talks to BCDA president Vince Dizon about questions on the New Clark City Sports Complex. Senate YouTube screenshot

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

MISLEADING: Lacson 'declares' 2020 budget 'truly pork-free'

Nov 13, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The General Appropriations bill submitted by the House is still under review by the Senate. Lacson only said his team found 'no pork' during their preliminary study.

DBM to endorse EO on new salary hike for gov't workers

Nov 12, 2019 - 5:29 PM

Senator Ralph Recto urges the Department of Budget and Management to issue an executive order instead of asking for a law, so the salary adjustments can be made by January 2020

SALARY HIKE. Secretary Wendel Avisado of the Department of Budget and Management is 'open' to taking the executive route for the salary hike of government workers, instead of allowing Congress to pass it. 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

Social services fund hike pushed as 2020 budget bill goes to Senate plenary

Nov 11, 2019 - 8:08 PM

The Senate aims to wrap up deliberations of the general appropriations bill by November 22

SPONSOR. Senator Sonny Angara introduces the general appropriations bill to the plenary on November 11, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate to begin plenary debates on 2020 budget

Nov 10, 2019 - 1:04 PM

The Senate is aiming to prevent another budget deadlock that delayed the passage of the 2019 General Appropriations Bill

BUDGET PLENARY. Plenary debates on the 2020 budget are set to begin Monday, November 11, in the Senate. Photo by Angie de Silva

Lacson wants 2020 budget bicam open to the public

Nov 08, 2019 - 3:59 PM

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says the lower chamber has about P50 to P100 billion worth of realignments to be introduced at the bicameral conference committee

TRANSPARENCY. Senator Panfilo Lacson suggests to make the bicam open to the public. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Recto says unprogrammed funds in 2020 budget lack details

Nov 07, 2019 - 8:00 AM

'My point is that these particulars should be openly declared in the NEP, and not swept under innocuously-worded headings,' says Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto

Senators won't adopt House version of P4.1-T budget for 2020

Nov 04, 2019 - 7:56 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson floats the idea to stop congressmen from introducing further amendments during the bicameral conference committee

NOT ADOPTING. Senators held a caucus to discuss proposal whether the chamber will adopt the House version of the 2020 budget. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

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.