Rappler's latest stories on national budget
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
Health Secretary Francisco Duque says about P16.7 billion is needed to make over 1,000 health facilities nationwide operational
The House of Representatives will still have time to pass the proposed P3.757-trillion budget for 2019 when session resumes on November 12
President Rodrigo Duterte also asks House leaders to allocate funds in the 2019 budget for the housing projects for military, police, and Yolanda victims
Lawmakers form a small committee that will finalize individual amendments to the 2019 General Appropriations Act by October 9
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
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra tells the senator that he agrees the justice department 'should not be a weapon to persecute political opponents'
A peeved Deputy Speaker Prospero Pichay Jr confronts presidential communications officials about the controversial assistant secretary's absence
'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
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
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
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
Senator Loren Legarda vows to restore the Department of Transportation's proposed budget for the night-rating of regional airports
Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago wants the House committee on appropriations to authorize the additional funds for state universities and colleges damaged by Typhoon Ompong
The denial comes after House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez tells reporters about an alleged 'parking' scheme in the proposed 2019 budget for favored lawmakers
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
The General Appropriations Bill on the proposed 2019 budget is finally sponsored at the House plenary for 2nd reading after a two-day delay
Senators say they will cross party lines to ensure that the 2019 national budget is transparent and pork barrel-free
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno also defends the slashed Health Human Resources Deployment fund, citing slow budget utilization
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
(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 Secretary Benjamin Diokno denies reports that the proposed 2019 national budget has hidden discretionary funds for lawmakers
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
House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya, Camarines Sur 2nd District Luis Raymund Villafuerte, and committee on appropriations chairperson Karlo Nograles clash over the 2019 budget
Plenary deliberations on the proposed 2019 budget are delayed by a day as lawmakers continue to report to Speaker Gloria Arroyo on alleged insertions
The budget for the Health Facilities Enhancement Program, which ensures there are health stations in communities, has been reduced to just P50 million
(3rd UPDATE) Plenary deliberations for the proposed 2019 budget are delayed at the House following the looming change in the appropriations panel chairmanship
(UPDATED) 'Stay relevant, stay focused, and be more objective,' Senator Panfilo Lacson tells the Commission on Human Rights
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
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
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.
Senator Panfilo Lacson says the amount could be used as pork barrel, which the Supreme Court has declared as unconstitutional
Lawmakers want a 'two to three-year' transition period for government agencies and departments to get used to a cash-based budget system
Agencies and departments will now have until 6 months after the fiscal year to make their payments under the 2019 cash-based budget system, says Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the budget department turned down their proposal to hire more labor inspectors
'Mukhang waste of funds ang nakikita natin dito,' says ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio
The OP budget for 2019, 12% higher than in 2018, allots P2.5 billion for President Duterte's confidential and intelligence funds
The Office of the Vice President's proposed budget for 2019 is P96 million less than in 2018, which Leni Robredo says would affect her anti-poverty program
House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says they are also eyeing a P140-billion supplemental budget for Bangsamoro Law and the Supreme Court ruling on the Internal Revenue Allotment
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?
Fiscal Year 2018 is still obligation-based. The budget department merely recommended that agencies implement their budgets as if they're cash-based, to prepare for the use of that system in 2019.
'We have decreased the budget for some programs because they are already redundant with the Free Tuition Program,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno
Capital outlay for education and health facilities receive huge cuts in the 2019 National Expenditure Program. Is the budget department responsible?
House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says President Rodrigo Duterte helped create 'clear lines of communication' between the executive and lawmakers over the 2019 budget impasse
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'
'You cannot compare the 2018 budget to the proposed one [for 2019]. That's like comparing apples to oranges,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno
While senators are united against having a reenacted budget next year, it is not enough, as House approval is needed
'How else do you explain Congress refusing to act on the President’s budget?' asks Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque
This is amid the clash over the proposed cash-based budgeting system between the House of Representatives and the Department of Budget and Management