The General Appropriations Bill on the proposed 2019 budget is finally sponsored at the House plenary for 2nd reading after a two-day delay
Lawmakers want a 'two to three-year' transition period for government agencies and departments to get used to a cash-based budget system
Education received the lion's share of funds in the proposed 2019 National Expenditure Program. What does the proposed shift to a cash-based budget system look like for the Department of Education?
Capital outlay for education and health facilities receive huge cuts in the 2019 National Expenditure Program. Is the budget department responsible?
Senator Panfilo Lacson questions the apparent change of heart of the House of Representatives, following the assumption of House Speaker Gloria Arroyo
Malacañang says the President will meet with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno 'to see if they can compromise with the House'
'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
The shift to cash-based budgeting is seen to instill fiscal discipline among agencies, by limiting contractual obligations to projects completed within the year
'It looks like it's the minority who is in power in Congress,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque as he expresses Malacañang's displeasure over the House's suspension of budget hearings
(UPDATED) The Department of Public Works and Highways' proposed budget for 2019 is about P93 billion lower than this year's budget, leading to a possible decrease in infrastructure projects
Allocations for the construction of new buildings and health facilities, and scholarship programs are scrapped from the proposed cash-based 2019 budget
The funds are under the proposed 2019 budget of the Department of Information and Communications Technology
'This is a temporary setback, but rest assured we will get the budget passed on time,' says House appropriations committee chair Karlo Nograles
'[It is the] decision of the House, to be consistent with the position of the House to oppose cash-based budgeting,' says House committee on appropriations chairperson Karlo Nograles
There would be problems because the academic year and fiscal year are different, says the Commission on Higher Education
House members are gathering signatures for an unnumbered resolution that would withdraw their earlier support for the budget reform bill and the implementation of the cash-based budgeting system in 2019
Three lawmakers are concerned because cash-based budgeting system has removed P93 billion from the DPWH's proposed budget
House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya calls for an all-members caucus to explain to his colleagues what is a cash-based budgeting system