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This podcast by Rappler's business section talks about the winners and losers in the 2019 3.662-trillion national budget
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says the budget impasse showed 'how politicking could harm people'
With the President removing the questionable 'pork barrel' allocations from the 2019 budget, it turns out that Davao Region is the biggest loser
The education and public works sector top President Rodrigo Duterte's priorities in the 2019 national budget, but do they really win?
The President vetoes 12 line items in the 2019 national budget, as well as the P95.3 billion worth of infrastructure funds. He also places several items under conditional implementation.
Senators say President Rodrigo Duterte's veto of questionable allotments in the 2019 national budget serves as a 'victory' for taxpayers
(UPDATED) After several stumbling blocks, the Philippine government has a new budget for the year 2019
(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the scheduled ceremonial signing of the 2019 budget on April 15 has been removed from the President's calendar of activities
The enrolled bill provides P3.757 trillion for the national government to spend in 2019
Former president Benigno Aquino III slams Congress for failing to pass the 2019 budget on time: 'Buong-buo na sila doon, hindi pa napapa-approve.'
'Everything will be considered by the President.... He always does the right thing,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, when asked about the Senate's concerns about the 2019 budget
(3rd UPDATE) The Senate tells President Rodrigo Duterte it is transmitting the bill 'with strong reservations,' and urges him to veto 'unconstitutional' post-bicam realignments
The negotiating teams of both chambers of Congress are hopeful an agreement on the stalled 2019 national budget will be reached this week
The funds for the 4th tranche of salary adjustment for government personnel will be sourced from any available appropriations under the 2018 budget
Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, leader of the opposition bloc in the House, joins the 3-member team tasked to end the budget deadlock with the Senate
Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo clarifies the House has not yet withdrawn the enrolled version of the 2019 budget, contradicting her appointed negotiator San Juan City Representative Ronaldo Zamora
'The economy is hanging, you have 800,000 teachers affected, you have children, learners affected, operations of various agencies of government affected,' says Education Secretary Leonor Briones
Speaker Gloria Arroyo taps congressman Ronaldo Zamora to negotiate with the senators, but House appropriations committee chair Rolando Andaya says the recall of the budget bill has to be approved by the House plenary
The Department of Education needs to hire some 80,000 teachers for the coming school year
'We would never put the President in a position of signing an unconstitutional bill,' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
House appropriations chairperson Rolando Andaya Jr says both chambers only have until May to 'complete' their task on the 2019 budget
'With this measure, the long overdue compensation hike that our public servants have been looking forward to can finally be granted,' the DBM says
The government was optimistic that economic growth could hit 7% to 8%. Now, that lower-end figure is now the highest target.
Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia warns economic growth can go as low as 4.2% to 4.9% under a full-year reenacted budget
The post-bicam itemization of the lower chamber must satisfy the requirement of the Supreme Court when it comes to line-item budgeting
For the sake of policy continuity, it would be best for the DBM to be led by a technocrat and not a politician
Faced with the further delay of the signing of the 2019 budget, President Rodrigo Duterte also warns of a 'slide' in economic growth
House committee on appropriations chair Rolando Andaya says if there are anomalous allocations under the 2019 budget as alleged by senators, President Rodrigo Duterte can always veto it
House committee on appropriations chairperson Rolando Andaya Jr says this is the same process that congressmen did, which senators are now questioning: 'I really don’t see the difference here'
Andaya cannot answer for certain the exact breakdown of P4.5 billion worth of funds for health facilities, just that each district got their share
Lawmakers agree to add P46.355 billion to the DPWH's budget, and P17.575 billion to the DOH budget
Both the House and the Senate are targeting to ratify the 2019 budget on the same day so President Rodrigo Duterte may finally sign it into law
DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the congressman's accusation is 'absolutely false'
'Failure to comply with this order is subject to penalty under the law,' the subpoena signed by Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo warns Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno
Senator Panfilo Lacson urges President Duterte to again display his 'strong political will' by using his line-veto power to remove pork barrel in the proposed 2019 budget
The bicameral conference committee plans for both houses of Congress to ratify the 2019 budget by Friday, February 8, the last day of session
Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez says training of personnel for the elections may not be completed and procurement of needed items may be stalled without a 2019 budget in place
A reenacted budget would hurt the economy and delay the government's major infrastructure projects, says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo
The bicam has so far agreed to set their total proposed realignments in the 2019 budget at P200 billion, but they are yet to identify where to source and allocate the money
Senate President Vicente Sotto III is proposing a reenacted budget for the whole year, but this would threaten the Philippines' economic growth
(UPDATED) 'I hope that will erase all doubts and allegations of pork and other so-called insertions in the budget,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III of his proposal to withdraw the Senate version of the budget
Senator Panfilo Lacson itemizes the multibillion-peso worth of realignments he is proposing in the 2019 budget, but insists this is not pork barrel
Senator Franklin Drilon says dredging projects by private contractors 'are the biggest sources of corruption, and the preferred insertions in the budget by legislators'
Leyte 3rd District Representative Vicente Veloso moves for the House committee on appropriations to issue a show cause order to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno
Senator Loren Legarda admits they are seeking to realign almost P190 billion under the 2019 budget, but only because government agencies asked them to
The Senate and House are set to convene a bicameral conference committee on Tuesday, January 22, to settle differences between the two versions of the budget bill
Senators say the slashed budget may be used for restoring budgets for other agencies such as the Department of Health
'It will increase poverty. Those who cannot find jobs will get poor,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno of the removal of P75-billion 'insertion in the public works budget
Senators agree to add some P24.4 billion to the health department's budget to fund programs for health facilities and health workers