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Foreign direct investments for January to August 2018 up by 31%

Nov 14, 2018 - 7:05 PM

This is despite a 17.7% dip for the month of August, compared to July

INVESTMENTS. Foreign investments dips in August 2018, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Photo by Ted Aljibe

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

Gov't workers to get yearend bonus, cash gift starting November 15

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) All qualified government employees will receive their yearend bonus tax-free, equivalent to a month's basic salary, and a P5,000-cash gift

Health workers to keep jobs under proposed DOH budget – Duque

Nov 13, 2018 - 6:43 PM

The Department of Budget and Management has agreed to restore funds for a DOH program that deploys health workers to rural areas and poor communities

JOBS SAFE. Health Secretary Francisco Duque says issues on the possible loss of jobs for health workers has been 'resolved' with the budget department. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOH seeks more funds to finish nearly-complete health facilities in 2019

Nov 13, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque says about P16.7 billion is needed to make over 1,000 health facilities nationwide operational

BUDGET HEARING. Health Secretary Francisco Duque at the senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Health. Nov. 13, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Government contractuals get 2-year job extension

Nov 12, 2018 - 5:21 PM

Starting January 1, 2019, the salaries of contract of service and job order workers will be equivalent to what others in comparable positions in government are getting, says the DBM

OPPORTUNITIES. Contractual workers who are qualified will also be considered for appointment to regular positions in government agencies, the budget department announced on November 12, 2018. File photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Economic team urges agriculture dept to solve food supply problems

Nov 06, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The government's economic team says the Department of Agriculture must improve farmers' productivity to bring food prices down

FOOD PRICES. The government's economic team urges the Agriculture Department to implement reforms. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Infrastructure continues to boost gov't spending in August 2018

Oct 23, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Bulk of infrastructure and capital outlay disbursement in August goes to public works and military communication equipment

ROAD WORK. Workers install bricks for the sidewalk construction on the diversion road in Barangay Balabag in Boracay Island. Photo from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Government to cut projects over 2019 fuel tax hike suspension

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:45 AM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says non-infrastructure projects will be the first in line to be reviewed for postponement

Inflation up, GDP down: Economic managers revise PH outlook

Oct 16, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says they revised the economic outlook to reflect the 'very different world' we are living in now

House fails to meet own deadline to pass 2019 budget by October

Oct 10, 2018 - 9:36 PM

The House of Representatives will still have time to pass the proposed P3.757-trillion budget for 2019 when session resumes on November 12

HOUSE PLENARY. The of House of Representatives has still not approved the 2019 budget on 3rd and final reading. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Arroyo meets with Duterte, commits to extend validity of Marawi rehab fund

Oct 10, 2018 - 4:01 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also asks House leaders to allocate funds in the 2019 budget for the housing projects for military, police, and Yolanda victims

BUDGET TALKS. (From L-R) Deputy Speaker Arthur Yap, Majority Leader Rolando Andaya, Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, President Rorigo Duterte, Arroyo consultant Medy Poblador, and Special Assistant to the President Bong Go. Photo from Arroyo's office

House approves on 2nd reading proposed P3.757 trillion 2019 budget

Oct 03, 2018 - 10:01 PM

Lawmakers form a small committee that will finalize individual amendments to the 2019 General Appropriations Act by October 9

ONE MORE READING LEFT. The House of Representatives approves the proposed 2019 budget on 2nd reading.

Legarda pushes new law to raise salary of immigration workers

Oct 03, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Senators assure Bureau of Immigration officials that they will be allowed to use the express lane fund to augment the salaries of immigration employees in 2019

IMMIGRATION OFFICERS. An Immigration Officer processes a queue of passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera/Rappler

No budget to build new prisons, only additional beds for prisoners

Oct 03, 2018 - 6:49 PM

The request of the Bureau of Corrections for an additional P5 billion budget to build 6 new prisons is turned down

Inside the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016.

Legarda calls, quizzes gov't anti-trafficking hotline at DOJ budget hearing

Oct 03, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Because of the good answers of the call center agent, Senator Loren Legarda vows to increase the budget of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking

CALL. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trillanes faces Guevarra after amnesty row: DOJ must have courage to say no

Oct 03, 2018 - 4:22 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra tells the senator that he agrees the justice department 'should not be a weapon to persecute political opponents'

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

LOOK: Brownout hits Department of Energy budget hearing

Oct 02, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Lights go off for about 4 minutes

NO POWER. A brownout occurs in the middle of a Senate hearing on the proposed 2019 budget of the Department of Energy. Photo by Gil Nartea/Office of Senator Legarda

Mocha Uson’s absence defers House debates on PCOO’s 2019 budget

Oct 02, 2018 - 4:10 PM

A peeved Deputy Speaker Prospero Pichay Jr confronts presidential communications officials about the controversial assistant secretary's absence

ABSENT. PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson fails to attend the House's plenary debates on the proposed 2019 budget on October 2, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Wanderlust on a budget? Here's what you can do for less than P5,000

Sep 25, 2018 - 9:04 AM

You don't have to break the bank for that well-deserved getaway!

House lawmakers want more budget for CHR for 2019

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:49 PM

'If they have more money, the Commission on Human Rights will perform more than what they are able to do now in so far as the investigations of cases are concerned,' House Committee on Appropriations Vice Chairperson Raul del Mar says

P134.7 million in aid given to Typhoon Ompong survivors

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The Department of Budget and Management says it increased the Quick Response Fund of the Department of Social Welfare and Development

DAMAGE. A man examines his house when after it collapsed at the height of Typhoon Ompong's wrath. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Lawmakers want to add P7 billion to judiciary budget for 2019

Sep 24, 2018 - 2:30 PM

The additional budget for the judiciary is expected to fund operations of 4 new courts in Baguio City as well as the transportation fees of Court of Appeals justices, among others

ADDITIONAL FUNDS. Legislators seek to add P7 billion to the proposed budget of the judiciary in 2019.

Villarin worries over President’s P2B intelligence, confidential funds

Sep 21, 2018 - 4:41 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says at the House plenary that he hopes the more than P2 billion budget of the Office of the President for confidential and intelligence funds won't be used vs critics

DEALING WITH CRITICS. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during a speech at the Royal Cultural Palace in Amman, Jordan on September 7, 2018. File photo by REne Lumawag/Presidential Photo

Senators to ensure CHED 2019 budget covers scholars of other programs

Sep 20, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The Commission on Higher Education says scholars under existing programs outside the free higher education law may be affected by the lower budget for 2019

BUDGETED. Senators want a provision in the 2019 budget that would ensure students who are continuing scholars of students financial assistance programs are covered by the tertiary education subsidy. Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOTr seeks to restore 2019 funds for evening flights in regional airports

Sep 20, 2018 - 3:10 PM

Senator Loren Legarda vows to restore the Department of Transportation's proposed budget for the night-rating of regional airports

AIRPORTS. DOTr Undersecretary Manuel Antonio Tamayo explains to the Senate commitee on finance the need to night rate airports. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Additional P428 million in 2019 budget sought for SUCs after Ompong

Sep 20, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago wants the House committee on appropriations to authorize the additional funds for state universities and colleges damaged by Typhoon Ompong

REHAB ONGOING. Rescue workers clear a road of debris and toppled electric posts caused by Typhoon Ompong in Baggao town, Cagayan on September 15, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Fariñas, Alvarez deny ‘parking’ money for lawmakers in 2019 budget

Sep 20, 2018 - 12:17 PM

The denial comes after House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez tells reporters about an alleged 'parking' scheme in the proposed 2019 budget for favored lawmakers

NO 'PARKING'. Former House majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas  makes a pledge during the assembly of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan on August 2, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Nograles praises House realignment of P51 billion in DPWH funds

Sep 19, 2018 - 3:45 PM

House committee on appropriations chairperson Karlo Nograles makes the statement even if the committee of the whole – which realigned the funds – was convened to overrule the panel he chairs

BUDGET ISSUE. Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles chairs the House committee on appropriations. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

How government plans to fund proposed P3.757T 2019 budget

Sep 19, 2018 - 2:42 PM

The General Appropriations Bill on the proposed 2019 budget is finally sponsored at the House plenary for 2nd reading after a two-day delay

BUDGET AT THE PLENARY. Plenary deliberations on the proposed 2019 budget begins at the House on September 19, 2018.

Senators vow to scrutinize House's P51-B realignment in 2019 budget

Sep 19, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Senators say they will cross party lines to ensure that the 2019 national budget is transparent and pork barrel-free

Senate: Plenary Session. Photo by Angie de Silva/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

Makabayan on 'pork barrel': Lawmakers fighting over people's money

Sep 19, 2018 - 12:30 PM

But House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says the realigned P51.792 billion would be itemized so it would not become a version of the illegal pork barrel

HIDDEN PORK BARREL? Lawmakers gather at the Batasang Pambansa's plenary hall on July 24, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

Lawmakers realign P51 billion in DPWH funds to other agencies

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:20 PM

(UPDATED) Part of the P51 billion is realigned to other items under the Department of Public Works and Highways, but ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio questions these as 'lump sums with no details'

BUDGET TALKS. The House of Representatives convenes into a committee of the whole, which approved the reallocations from the DPWH budget in 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/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

With 2019 budget deadlock, House convenes into committee of the whole

Sep 18, 2018 - 5:19 PM

The House of Representatives convenes itself into a committee of the whole after the House leadership discovers around P50 billion worth of 'misplaced' funds distributed to several districts

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. The House of Representatives convenes itself into a committee of the whole on September 18, 2018. Screengrab from House of Representatives video

Shouting match erupts in House meeting over 2019 budget

Sep 17, 2018 - 9:11 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya, Camarines Sur 2nd District Luis Raymund Villafuerte, and committee on appropriations chairperson Karlo Nograles clash over the 2019 budget

SHOUTING MATCH. (From L-R): House committee on appropriations chairperson Karlo Nograles, Majority Leader Rolando Andaya, and Camarines Sur 2nd District Representative Luis Raymund Villafuerte. File photos by Rappler

P50-B ‘misplaced’ funds discovered in 2019 budget

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:39 PM

Plenary deliberations on the proposed 2019 budget are delayed by a day as lawmakers continue to report to Speaker Gloria Arroyo on alleged insertions

BUDGET REVIEW. Speaker Gloria Arroyo gestures before the start of the meeting of the constitutional amendments panel on on August 7, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Restore health department's P30B or budget won't pass, Drilon tells DBM

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:04 PM

The budget for the Health Facilities Enhancement Program, which ensures there are health stations in communities, has been reduced to just P50 million

QUESTIONED. Senator Franklin Drilon grills Budget Assistant Director Jane Abella at the senate budget hearing of the Department of Health. September 17, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Karlo Nograles to be kicked out as appropriations panel chair

Sep 17, 2018 - 12:03 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Plenary deliberations for the proposed 2019 budget are delayed at the House following the looming change in the appropriations panel chairmanship

REPLACED. Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles will no longer chair the the House committee on appropriations. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senate committee okays CHR budget for 2019

Sep 11, 2018 - 4:57 PM

(UPDATED) 'Stay relevant, stay focused, and be more objective,' Senator Panfilo Lacson tells the Commission on Human Rights

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Unlike DOH programs with lower funds, drug rehab gets boost

Sep 06, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Funds for the DOH's drug rehabilitation program nearly doubles in its proposed 2019 budget, while other programs ensuring the allocation of health centers and health workers are clipped

Gov't spending peaks by 34% to P328.1 billion in July 2018

Sep 05, 2018 - 3:23 PM

'We maintain our projection that underspending will be eliminated under our watch,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

HIGHER SPENDING. DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno says government spending peaked in July 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

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

House panel okays P689-M CHR 2019 budget in under 5 minutes

Sep 04, 2018 - 3:03 PM

The Commission on Human Rights’ experience in its 2019 budget briefing is a stark contrast from last year when then House speaker Pantaleon Alvarez threatened to give zero budget if the commission could not be abolished

Job losses seen under lower proposed DOH budget

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:51 PM

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the lower funds allocated to its Health Human Resources Deployment program may result in the loss of jobs of about 15,000 health workers.

HEALTH CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque lll on September 3, 2018 during the agency's budget hearing in Congress. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lacson eyes removal of P16 billion from DPWH right-of-way budget

Sep 03, 2018 - 4:06 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says the amount could be used as pork barrel, which the Supreme Court has declared as unconstitutional

The Senate conducts a hearing on SAF allowances on May 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DBM, Congress agree on transitory cash-based budget system for 2019

Aug 30, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Lawmakers want a 'two to three-year' transition period for government agencies and departments to get used to a cash-based budget system

Senate: Finance - Budget Hearing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler