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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

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

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

Not enough funds for Bangsamoro block grant in proposed 2019 budget

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says they can submit a supplemental budget to finance the mandated annual block grant estimated at around P60 billion

DBM Sec. Diokno. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gov't fiscal deficit narrows to P193 billion mid-2018

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:23 PM

Despite lower fiscal deficit, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says that disbursements for the half of the year surpassed programmed expenditure

ON TRACK. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno on August 1, 2018 talks to the media about public sector spending being on track. DBM Photo

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.

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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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

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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

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

Pork barrel scam co-accused flees fearing 'no end in his ordeal'

Jan 18, 2018 - 3:55 PM

'There seems to be no end in sight anymore for his ordeal,' former budget official Relampagos tells his lawyers as he flees trial for 300 counts of pork scam-related cases

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

DBM: Palace approves additional P14.5-B disaster funds for Marawi rehab

Nov 08, 2017 - 2:48 PM

'As far as financing is concerned, there is no problem. But to manage expectations, this will not happen overnight,' budget chief Benjamin Diokno says

How the P38-billion Malampaya fund was misused

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:38 AM

Out of 184 disbursements, 137 did not even have fund requests from the implementing agency, DPWH

MALAMPAYA. The Malampaya Deep Water Gas-to-Power project is touted as "one of the largest and most significant industrial endeavors in Philippine history."

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

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.

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Oct 20, 2017 - 12:59 PM

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Duterte fires DBM undersecretary for 'corruption'

Oct 19, 2017 - 8:45 PM

(UPDATED) Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno confirms that the official is Gertrudo De Leon, an appointee of the President's

Diokno not alarmed over funding for Build, Build, Build

Oct 19, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Some economists are concerned that less revenues from the proposed tax reform package could jeopardize the Duterte administration's P8-trillion infrastructure program

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, during the Dutertenomics Forum at the Fairmont Makati on August 10, 2017, highlights the increased government spending for various government projects. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Marawi rehab funds enough, technical assistance needed, says DBM

Oct 18, 2017 - 4:13 PM

'We have set aside P5 billion this year. (The budget) will be sufficient for the last 10 weeks of the post-conflict needs of Marawi,' says budget chief Benjamin Diokno

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

Road repairs lift infrastructure spending in August

Oct 15, 2017 - 11:25 PM

Disbursements for infrastructure and other capital outlays reach P40.1 billion in August, thanks to completed projects of the DPWH and other projects of the DepEd and DOH

ROAD REPAIRS. The Department of Budget and Management says disbursements for the month of September are seen to be substantial, owing to the huge infrastructure spending requirements of the public works and highways department. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Palace endorses DBM resolution on pay hike for police, soldiers

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:41 PM

A Police Officer 1 can enjoy a 100% increase – from the current P14,834 base pay to P29,668 – should the resolution be signed by both houses of Congress

SALUTE. In this file photo, President Duterte visits the wake of slain Captain Clinton Capio at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio on January 16, 2017. File photo courtesy of Malacañang

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