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Duterte says he'll sell gov't assets to pay coronavirus loans

Apr 09, 2020 - 8:07 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the move will be his last resort if the government runs out of money to pay off loans and fund programs to respond to the coronavirus outbreak

FUNDS NEEDED. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a briefing on the government's efforts to address the coronavirus outbreak. Malacañang photo

Ex-Maguindanao budget officer sentenced to 8 years in prison for corruption

Mar 12, 2020 - 11:39 AM

The Sandiganbayan finds the former provincial budget officer guilty of facilitating the payment of a P14-million procurement from a nonexistent pharmacy

Gov't spends big in December, lifting 2019 expenditures above target

Feb 27, 2020 - 7:20 PM

The Philippines' 2019 GDP growth is likely to be revised upward, given the higher-than-expected government spending in December

Duterte grants gratuity pay for job order, contractual government workers

Jan 16, 2020 - 2:28 PM

Workers with at least 4 months of 'satisfactory performance' and whose contracts remain in effect may receive as much as P3,000

SECURITY PREPS. The Philippine Coast Guard closes off parts of the Pasig River near Malacañang Palace ahead of a religious procession that's expected to attract millions of devotees. Photo courtesy of the Official Gazette of the Philippines

Duterte signs law increasing government workers' pay

Jan 09, 2020 - 1:58 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's signing of the Salary Standardization Law will see salary schedules of government workers increased in 4 tranches starting 2020 until 2023

SALARY INCREASE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Salary Standardization Law of 2019 at the Malacañang Palace on January 8, 2020. Malacañang photo

Is the salary increase for teachers, gov't workers enough?

Jan 07, 2020 - 9:24 PM

(UPDATED) With nearly a million teachers nationwide, a salary increase for them would already entail big sums of money, according to some government officials

Search for 2020 Outstanding Government Workers opens

Jan 02, 2020 - 11:47 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The deadline of nomination is on March 31, 2020

Bill increasing pay for gov't workers starting 2020 now up for Duterte's signature

Dec 18, 2019 - 4:40 PM

(UPDATED) If passed into law, the House bill would also require government offices to grant employees a mid-year bonus equivalent to a month's basic salary as of May 15 of the given year

PAY HIKE. Elementary students listean to their teacher inside a pubic school in Marikina City on September 27, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte certifies as urgent pay hike for teachers, other gov't workers

Dec 16, 2019 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte asks Congress to fast-track a measure that would raise the salary of public school teachers by 20% to 30%

School year 2018-2019 begins at the Corazon Aquino Elemtary School on June 4, 2018. Students and teachers started off the day wth the flag ceremony, morning exercises before the students entered into their designated classrooms. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Senate panels push for salary hike for gov't workers

Dec 10, 2019 - 6:42 PM

Under Senate Bill 1219, the highest increases ranging from 20% to 30% will be given to government employees, usually teachers, under Salary Grade 10 to 15

NEW SALARY HIKE. Government workers would receive a new round of salary hike in 2020, if the proposed measure is passed into law. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Instead of bidding, COA chief wants shopping portal for common supplies

Dec 10, 2019 - 9:19 AM

'The focus has really been more on accountability. But has this greater focus on accountability achieved its purpose?' says audit chairman Michael Aguinaldo

PROCUREMENT. COA Chairman Michael Aguinaldo proposes using the system of the government fares agreement to the procurement of common use supplies. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate approves bill granting night pay to gov't workers

Dec 09, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Senate Bill No. 643, which proposes to grant additional pay to all government employees who work beyond regular hours, is approved on final reading

IMMIGRATION OFFICERS. An Immigration Officer processes a queue of passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera/Rappler

Duterte wants gov't projects awarded to contractors with 'most responsive, advantageous bid'

Oct 12, 2019 - 2:42 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte wants to amend the Government Procurement Reform Act to erase the requirement that projects must go to the lowest qualified bidder

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with some members of the cabinet prior to the start of the 42nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on October 11, 2019. Malacañang Photo

[OPINYON] Pilipinas, anyare?

Apr 16, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Dapat nang intindihin na ang galit natin sa kahirapan at kriminalidad ay hindi dapat ipagamit sa kanino man upang pag-awayin tayo. Sa halip, ang galit ay dapat maging dahilan ng sama-samang paghahanap ng mga solusyon.

Poe says fisherfolk need to receive fuel subsidy from gov't

Apr 03, 2019 - 9:27 PM

If there is Pantawid Pasada program for jeepney drivers, reelectionist senator Grace Poe says there should also be 'Pantawid Pambangka' program

FUEL. Fishermen also uses fuel for their motorbancas. AFP photo

Duterte orders review of 'onerous' gov't contracts with private firms

Apr 02, 2019 - 9:21 AM

The Chief Executive orders the review after telling Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Solicitor General Jose Calida to 'study' the Maynilad arbitration case against the government

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 36th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 1, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Abolishing term limits will entrench dynasties

Mar 24, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Simply removing term limits at this point will secure the political foothold of many already fat political dynasties

Duterte EO bars junkets, limits business-class travel for gov’t officials

Mar 22, 2019 - 10:12 AM

Executive Order No. 77 also prohibits officials from going on trips sponsored by suppliers and contractors that their agencies deal with

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Roa addresses guests at an event in Malacanang. File Photo from Presidential Photo

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

Duterte ends designation of gov't peace panel members

Mar 20, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III's designation as government peace panel chair ends more than a year after the formal scrapping of peace talks with the Left

GOVERNMENT PEACE PANEL NO MORE. President Rodrigo Duterte (left), with government peace panel members led by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III (2nd, left). File photo from Presidential Photo

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

[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

Up to voters if candidates' honesty matters to them – Malacañang

Mar 07, 2019 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo refuses to state Malacañang's position on the issue of honesty among elected officials, claiming it might be seen as campaigning for or against some candidates

It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez Season 5 launch Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Baka kayo na ang susunod

Feb 18, 2019 - 9:42 AM

Sa bawat kaso, sa bawat panggigipit, higit na nagiging malinaw kung bakit ginagawa ang mga ito

[OPINION] Term limits: Should we abolish them?

Feb 17, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Tinkering with the formal rules isn’t nearly enough to see lasting political reforms. We need to revamp as well the informal norms that pervade our political culture.

DBM to study gov't workers' salary hike for 2020 to 2022

Jan 09, 2019 - 12:35 PM

'There will be a salary increase. It is not just a possibility,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

SALARY HIKE. Government workers can expect a new round of salary hike in 2020. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malacañang suspends gov't work on December 26

Dec 21, 2018 - 6:34 PM

The announcement follows the one suspending government work on January 2, 2019

NO GOVERNMENT WORK. President Rodrigo Duterte at the Cabinet meeting on December 12, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Malacañang suspends gov't work on January 2, 2019

Dec 17, 2018 - 5:35 PM

The Palace says the suspension would give government employees 'full opportunity to celebrate...with their families and loved ones'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a lecture on the national security threat of illegal drugs and lawless violence during the 31st Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 6, 2018. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

How high inflation exposed cracks in governance

Dec 11, 2018 - 3:40 PM

High, soaring, elevated, skyrocketing. We're running out of synonyms to describe inflation in 2018.

FALSE: ‘No law’ prevents gov’t officials from participating in businesses

Nov 28, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The provision in the 1973 Constitution that prohibits government officials from practicing their profession or participating in businesses was even strengthened in the 1987 Constitution

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

Government to cut projects over 2019 fuel tax hike suspension

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:45 AM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says non-infrastructure projects will be the first in line to be reviewed for postponement

[OPINION] Are all government employees not allowed to campaign?

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The prohibitions are not absolute.... The consistent trend of the Supreme Court is to uphold free speech and expression over any form of election regulation.

DOCUMENTS: Calida security firm 'corners' at least 16 gov't contracts

Oct 03, 2018 - 7:00 AM

In a privilege speech, opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Solicitor General Jose Calida's security agency has acquired at least P358.3 million in government contracts since 2016

Solicitor General Jose Calida prior to the start of the Supreme Court oral arguments on same sex marriage on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Anti-terrorism law weak, Senate wants longer surveillance, detention of suspects

Oct 01, 2018 - 7:28 PM

Proposed amendments to the Human Security Act include increasing surveillance to at least 90 days and detention to at least 30 days for 'suspected terrorists'

MONITOR. Amendments to the Human Security act eye longer periods of surveillance and detention.

More than 7,000 vacancies to be offered at CSC’s Government Job Fair

Sep 25, 2018 - 4:15 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Government Job Fair will be held September 26-27, 2018 at SM City North EDSA Skydome, Quezon City

Delayed projects cost government P230 million in penalty fees in 2017

Sep 19, 2018 - 1:50 PM

On top of the millions in penalties, auditors doubt that the 17 projects will be completed within the loan period

Contractual DOTr workers to be renewed after December 2018 deadline

Sep 11, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Department of Transportation earlier asked to be exempt from renewing the services of its contractual employees

BUDGET. Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade answers questions from Senator Joel Villanueva at the Senate hearing on the budget of DOTr. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

PH gov't asks Xiamen Air to pay over NAIA mishap

Aug 20, 2018 - 4:34 PM

The total cost of the fine has yet to be determined

CRANE. Xiamen Air flight MF8667 being lifted by a telescopic boom crane. MIAA Photo

Has resiliency been used as an excuse for government shortcomings?

Aug 13, 2018 - 7:12 PM

Bragging about resiliency is not bad at all, but netizens challenge Filipinos to push the government to come up with long-term fixes to flooding

Expand Train law subsidies for poor in 2019 budget

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:38 PM

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV says those who need subsidy exceed the 10 million projected under the budget department

EXPAND SUBSIDIES. Senator Bam Aquino said subsidies given to the poor as a mitigating measure of the tax reform law should be expanded in the proposed 2019 national budget. File 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

Expert says gov't continues to spend less amid infra program

Jul 23, 2018 - 6:19 PM

Economist JC Punongbayan says government spending improved, but underspending remains a problem. When government underspends, delivery of services is delayed.

SONA. UP Professor and Economist JC Punongbayan talks to Rappler's Maria Ressa on state of the country's economy before the State of Nation Address on July 23, 2018. Rappler screengrab

Roque says 'province of China' tarp the work of government 'enemies'

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:06 PM

'They are propagating a lie that we have given up our territory. It's the farthest from the truth,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

A banner declaring Welcome to the Philippines Province of China is seen on footbridge in Philcoa, Quezon City on Thursday morning, July 12, 2018, the 2nd year anniversary of the Hague Ruling. Photo courtesy of Ronald Gustilo

Gov't to give P5,000 fuel subsidy per jeepney driver in 2018

Jul 11, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Distribution of debit cards containing the P5,000 subsidy will begin on Thursday, July 12

SUBSIDY. Jeepney drivers will receive fuel subsidy under the Pantawid Pasada program. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Supreme Court rules: Gov’t workers allowances shall be taxed

Jul 04, 2018 - 5:51 PM

The High Court, in effect, says all income – even allowances, bonuses and incentives – are subject to tax

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Senators hit 'dangerous' gov't practice of not filling posts for savings

Jul 04, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Senators Joseph Victor Ejercito and Sherwin Gatchalian say not spending the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund for unfilled positions is a questionable practice

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Thou shall not kill? Why Christians support a deadly drug campaign

Jun 25, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Sociologist Jayeel Cornelio says some Christians see President Rodrigo Duterte as a God-sent figure to bring justice to the Philippines – even if this means deaths

DIVINE LEADER? President Rodrigo Duterte is seen by some Christians as chosen by God. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler