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Davao dominates vetoed P95.37-billion 'pork'

May 24, 2019 - 11:14 AM

With the President removing the questionable 'pork barrel' allocations from the 2019 budget, it turns out that Davao Region is the biggest loser

Winners and losers under Duterte's 2019 budget

May 19, 2019 - 7:22 PM

The education and public works sector top President Rodrigo Duterte's priorities in the 2019 national budget, but do they really win?

Duterte EO allows 2019 salary hike for gov't workers despite reenacted budget

Mar 20, 2019 - 6:41 PM

The funds for the 4th tranche of salary adjustment for government personnel will be sourced from any available appropriations under the 2018 budget

2019 SALARY HIKE. President Rodrigo Duterte signs Executive Order No. 76 on March 15. Duterte file photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo. Other file photos by Patty Pasion, Shutterstock

DBM to Malacañang: Amend salary hike EO if budget impasse continues

Mar 15, 2019 - 5:47 PM

'With this measure, the long overdue compensation hike that our public servants have been looking forward to can finally be granted,' the DBM says

DBM. The facade of the Department of Budget and Management building in Manila. Photo by Judgefloro/Wikimedia Commons

Budget fiasco pushes economic team to lower growth target

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:44 PM

The government was optimistic that economic growth could hit 7% to 8%. Now, that lower-end figure is now the highest target.

[OPINION] Who should be the next budget secretary?

Mar 12, 2019 - 3:00 PM

For the sake of policy continuity, it would be best for the DBM to be led by a technocrat and not a politician

Reenacted budget for entire 2019? Bad news for economy

Jan 30, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III is proposing a reenacted budget for the whole year, but this would threaten the Philippines' economic growth

Is that pork? Senators say don't compare their realigned P190B to House’s P51B

Jan 28, 2019 - 3:19 PM

Senator Loren Legarda admits they are seeking to realign almost P190 billion under the 2019 budget, but only because government agencies asked them to

BUDGET TALKS. Senators Loren Legarda and Panfilo Lacson talk to each other during the bicameral conference committee meeting on the 2019 budget. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

What to expect as gov't operates on a reenacted budget

Jan 08, 2019 - 11:36 AM

(UPDATED) All new government projects will be delayed and expansion plans for some key services and programs will be affected until the 2019 budget is passed

RECYCLED. The government operates this year with a budget enacted for 2018.

Malacañang warning: Budget delays 'unacceptable' to Filipinos

Jan 07, 2019 - 9:33 PM

(UPDATED) But senators maintain they are doing their best, as they continue to scrutinize the 2019 budget

SALVADOR PANELO. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo during a press conference on December 3, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

'No underspending': Nearly all funds under 2018 national budget released

Dec 05, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The Department of Budget and Management says 96.3% of the budget for the year has been disbursed as of November 22

NO UNDERSPENDING. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the national government did not underspend in 2018. Photo by DBM

Senate starts deliberations on proposed P3.757-trillion 2019 budget

Dec 04, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III is 'doubtful' that the proposed 2019 budget will be passed into law by year-end

BRIEFING FOR PROPOSED 2019 NAT'L BUDGET: Senator Loren Legarda (middle), chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, along with other senators listen to the presentations made by the members of the Development Budget Coordination Committee in relation to the proposed 2019 national budget during a hearing on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. The 2019 national budget, the first cash-based budget of the government, is pegged at P3.757 trillion. In photo with Legarda are (from right to left) Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, along with Senators Risa Hontiveros, Cynthia Villar and Sherwin Gatchalian. (PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo/7 August 2018)

Diokno blames Congress for delayed passage of 2019 budget

Nov 27, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the rollout of new projects in the proposed 2019 budget will be delayed by at least 5 months due to the election ban

WORST CASE. Budget Secretary Diokno warns of the implications of a reenacted budget for 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH gov’t to operate under reenacted budget until Feb 2019

Nov 26, 2018 - 9:28 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign the 2019 budget on February 7

REENACTED BUDGET? Congress leaders are already giving the heads up that a reenacted budget scenario is likely to happen in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

DOLE seeks higher budget to hire 2,000 labor inspectors

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the budget department turned down their proposal to hire more labor inspectors

INSPECTION. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III asks lawmakers at the House of Representatives for bigger budget allocation to hire labor inspectors. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Why should Filipinos fund P100-M campaign for 'uncertain' federalism?

Aug 29, 2018 - 4:22 PM

'Mukhang waste of funds ang nakikita natin dito,' says ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio

'UNCERTAIN'. ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio warns the DILG of campaigning for a draft constitution. Rappler screenshot file photo

House panel approves P6.7-B Office of the President budget for 2019

Aug 29, 2018 - 2:24 PM

The OP budget for 2019, 12% higher than in 2018, allots P2.5 billion for President Duterte's confidential and intelligence funds

House panel approves P447-M OVP budget for 2019

Aug 29, 2018 - 12:53 PM

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

SEEKING BUDGET RESTORATION. Vice President Leni Robredo faces the House committee on appropriations to defend her office's proposed 2019 budget. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House, DBM agree to restore budget cuts in education, health, infra in 2019

Aug 28, 2018 - 4:11 PM

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

BUDGET AGREEMENT. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya calls for a press conference on August 28, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

How the cash-based budget affects DepEd

Aug 27, 2018 - 6:11 PM

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?

Budget deadlock: Who's to blame?

Aug 15, 2018 - 9:13 PM

Capital outlay for education and health facilities receive huge cuts in the 2019 National Expenditure Program. Is the budget department responsible?

House to resume budget hearings after meeting with Duterte

Aug 15, 2018 - 4:05 PM

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

BUDGET TALKS. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya relays what he and Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo discussed with President Rodrigo Duterte over the 2019 budget. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lacson on budget standoff: It's all about pork barrel

Aug 15, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson questions the apparent change of heart of the House of Representatives, following the assumption of House Speaker Gloria Arroyo

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte wants 'compromise' on 2019 cash-based budget

Aug 15, 2018 - 1:08 PM

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'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives the document handed to him regarding the dismissal order of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Comptroller Hector Maraña at Malacañan Palace on August 14, 2018. Maraña's dismissal stemmed from his alleged misuse of the P15-million worth of allowance for the cadets. Joining the President are Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Diokno: Lawmakers want higher 2019 budget due to elections

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:15 PM

'You cannot compare the 2018 budget to the proposed one [for 2019]. That's like comparing apples to oranges,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

HIGHER BUDGET. Lawmakers want Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno to submit a higher budget for 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Unlike House, Senate backs cash-based 2019 budget

Aug 14, 2018 - 8:40 PM

While senators are united against having a reenacted budget next year, it is not enough, as House approval is needed

File photo from the 17th Congress. Photo from Senate PRIB

2019 budget deadlock? Roque points to new House leadership

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:42 PM

'How else do you explain Congress refusing to act on the President’s budget?' asks Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

Photo by Mara Cepeda / Rappler

House 'blocking' 2019 budget – Malacañang

Aug 13, 2018 - 5:40 PM

'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

Fewer anti-flood projects under cash-based 2019 budget

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:30 PM

(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

Residents wade through chest-deep flood at Veterans Village in Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City on August 11, 2018, as heavy downpour pounds Metro Manila brought by Southwest monsoon enhanced by Tropical Storm Karding that cause floods and stranded passengers in Metropolis. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Education, health may suffer huge budget cuts in 2019 budget

Aug 13, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Allocations for the construction of new buildings and health facilities, and scholarship programs are scrapped from the proposed cash-based 2019 budget

AFFECTED STUDENTS. Funds allotted for school buildings and scholarships may be reduced under a cash-based budget in 2019. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

DBM ready for reenacted budget if Congress rejects 2019 proposal

Aug 13, 2018 - 12:53 PM

(UPDATED) Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the President has submitted the proposed 2019 budget, leaving it to Congress to pass or reject it

WORST CASE. Budget Secretary Diokno says they are ready for the worst case scenario – a reenacted 2018 budget. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

State universities may get P280-million budget for free Wi-Fi

Aug 12, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The funds are under the proposed 2019 budget of the Department of Information and Communications Technology

FREE WI-FI. Students from state colleges and universities like the University of the Philippines are set to have free Wi-Fi access through the 2019 budget. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Despite suspended hearings, Nograles vows timely 2019 budget

Aug 12, 2018 - 3:36 PM

'This is a temporary setback, but rest assured we will get the budget passed on time,' says House appropriations committee chair Karlo Nograles

2019 BUDGET ISSUES. Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles presides over an agency's budget briefing on August 9, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House suspends 2019 budget hearings 'until further notice'

Aug 11, 2018 - 6:09 PM

'[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

NO TO CASH-BASED BUDGET. Lawmakers are not backing the proposed cash-based budgeting system in 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler