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2 billion na halaga ng proyekto, inaasahan sa 2021 national budget – Cong. Sanchez

Virac, Catanduanes – Nakatutok sa ngayon si Congressman Hector Sanchez sa sa deliberation sa House of Representatives para sa 2021 national budget.             Ayon sa Kongresista, umaabot sa humigit kumulang dalawang bilyong piso (2 Billion) ang budget para sa mga proyekto sa lalawigan ng Catanduanes na kanyang isinusulong.             Sa panayam ng Bicol Peryodiko, sinabi […].....»»

Category: newsSource: bicolperyodiko bicolperyodikoOct 18th, 2020

Duterte asked to act on slow disbursement of aid for seniors

President Duterte has been urged to step in on the supposed slow disbursement of financial assistance to senior citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior Citizen partylist Rep. Rodolfo “Ompong” Ordanes brought to the attention of the Chief Executive the “continuous troubles” hounding the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s implementation and disbursement of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) , Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT), and Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens. “To date, we continually receive reports from thousands of our senior citizens all around the Philippines on how the DSWD fails to timely disburse the monetary aid that our government promised to them,” he said in his letter to Duterte dated Oct. 21. He laments that some of the senior citizens have perished before receiving a single centavo from the monetary aid due them. “This slow implementation and disbursement of the DSWD of critical monetary aid for our senior citizens clearly runs contrary to the directive of Your Excellency for the government to do whatever it takes to protect the welfare of our almost 10 million vulnerable senior citizens,” he said. “Thus, we humbly seek the assistance of Your Excellency in requesting that the DSWD fast-track the implementation and disbursement of the monetary aid for our senior citizens,” Ordanes said. During the House of Representatives’ plenary deliberations on the proposed P171-billion budget of the DSWD for 2021 last Oct. 13, it was relayed that some 1.404 million senior citizens have benefited from the national government’s SAP. In a virtual press briefing last week, over 2.9 million indigent senior citizens have received their social pension worth about P8.7 billion. The number is almost 83 percent of the 3.5 million indigent elderly targeted to receive the government stipend. During his 58th birth anniversary last Oct. 15, DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista led the distribution of social pension worth P2.178 million to around 726 indigent senior citizens in Dinalupihan, Bataan. Republic Act No. 9994 or the “Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010” provides that seniors qualified to receive social pension are those who are frail, sickly, or with disability; without any pension from other government agencies; and without a permanent source of income or source of financial assistance and compensation to support their basic needs. However, the DSWD said those senior citizens who are not included in the list, but are eligible, can still appeal to the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), their local governments, and the nearest Field Office, which has jurisdiction over their areas, for assessment......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

House panel defends & rsquo;errata& rsquo;

The House of Representatives' small committee's institutional amendments amounting to P20-billion in the proposed 2021 national government budget were “well-meaning and should not be a cause of conflict between the two houses of Congress.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

Roque to Congress: Consult Palace on increasing budget for vaccines

Any congressional move to raise the proposed 2021 budget for the coronavirus vaccine should at least be done in consultation with the Executive branch, according to a Palace official.  Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (RESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said while they respect Congress’ wisdom to hike the vaccine budget for the next year, the issue on its funding source must also be addressed. “The power of purse is vested in Congress. We will bow to the wisdom of Congress should they deem it fit to increase the budget for the vaccine, and of course, may pagkukuhanan po iyan (there will be a funding source for that),” he said during a Palace press briefing Thursday. “So we hope that Congress will at least confer with the Executive kung saan nila kukunin iyong pondo para itaas ang budget for the vaccine (on where the funds will be obtained to raise the budget for the vaccine),” he added. Nonetheless, Roque affirmed the administration’s resolve to ensure the country has adequate funds for the vaccine procurement once the life-saving drug becomes available.“We join Congress in our desire that we should have sufficient funds to pay for the vaccine, which according po to (Philippine) Ambassador (to China) Chito (Sta. Romana) is really forthcoming in the near future,” he said.The House of Representatives has reportedly introduced several amendments to its approved 2021 national budget, including a higher budget for the purchase of COVID vaccines to P8 billion.  In the original Palace-backed P4.5 trillion national budget proposal, at least P2.5 billion has been allocated for the COVID-19 vaccination program under the Department of Health’s budget. House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, who leads a small group in charge of amendments to the budget bill, said the additional P5.5 billion to augment the vaccine budget aims to ensure safe and effective vaccine will be available to Filipinos. “This is to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s program to strengthen the country’s health care system. We believe that vaccines play a very crucial role in keeping the population safe and healthy from the pandemic,” the Leyte lawmaker said.  On the part of the Senate, Senator Panfilo Lacson disclosed plans to increase funding for the coronavirus vaccine under the proposed 2021 national budget. Last week, the President said the government has the funds to buy the coronavirus vaccine once it is available but would need more money to vaccinate all Filipinos. Duterte earlier vowed to give priority to the poor, the police and military personnel in the distribution of free vaccines.  He said the country will buy the most affordable vaccine to be sold in the market given the government’s limited resources. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Lacson frowns at ‘pork hunter’ tag

Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson, a staunch anti-pork barrel advocate, does not like the name ‘’pork hunter’’ ascribed to him. Senator Panfilo M. Lacson (SENATE OF THE PHILIPPINES / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) ‘’I don’t like it. I’m just doing my job,’’ Lacson said as he disagreed with Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III who had presumed ‘’regularity’’ on the “institutional amendments’’ by the House of Representatives (HoR) on the proposed 2021 General Appropriations Bill (GAB or national budget) after the House recently passed the measure on third and final reading. Lacson and Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon had cited some P326 billion ‘’lump sum’’ appropriations tucked in the proposed P666-billion budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Both cited a Supreme Court decision that lump sum appropriations are unconstitutional. Lump sum appropriations are suspected as ‘’pork barrel’’ appropriations. Lacson has been on the prowl every budget season, picking out suspected pork barrel appropriations in the GAB. The Senate is expected to receive from the House a soft copy of the budget on Oct. 28. Asked during an ANC interview if he believes a statement of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco that there is no pork in the GAB, only institutional amendments, Lacson replied: ‘’We have yet to see the transmitted copy of the GAB as approved on third and final reading, as transmitted to the Senate.’’ ‘’Until we see that, we cannot really tell or say if there’s pork or not in the House of Representatives version of the budget.’’ On a query whether amending budget after third and final reading is unconstitutional, Lacson said: ‘’That is clearly unconstitutional.’’ ‘’It’s very clear, there’s no other interpretation in that provision under the Constitution that after the third and final reading of any bill, including the GAB, no amendment shall be allowed thereto,’’ he said. ‘’I don’t see any other interpretation of that particular provision. So since they already passed on third reading the HoR version of the GAB, I see no reason why they will allow a small committee to introduce further amendments. Based on what I heard from Rep. Eric Yap, the Appropriations committee chairman, he said the amendments will not be coming from the congressmen but from the agencies,’’ he stated. ‘’Again, that’s another violation. We have a four-phase budget process. Budget preparation, authorization, execution, and accountability. We are now in the authorization phase. And only the Congress of the Philippines is allowed to participate in the authorization phase. Tapos na ang sa (the) Executive department (has completed its job in the) preparation phase. Ang execution, after napirmahan ng Presidente ang enrolled bill and when DBM starts disbursing allocations, doon mag-start ang execution. So agencies under the Executive branch cannot be allowed to participate in the authorization phase of the budget process. Sotto had said that he would presume regularity after the House made institutional amendments worth P20 billion, including P5.5 billion, for COVID-19 vaccines. Lacson stressed that amendments to the budget by the House small committee is unconstitutional. ‘’To say there’s presumption of regularity, I think it’s misplaced. If that is the output of the small committee and they will include these amendments in the USB drive they will transmit to us on Oct. 28, then we cannot presume regularity, with all due respect to my Senate President…because if it is based on an unconstitutional act, I cannot presume regularity,’’ he added......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

House clarifies P20-b & rsquo;errata& rsquo; in 2021 budget

The P20 billion institutional amendments in the House of Representatives-approved version of the proposed P4.5 trillion national budget for 2021 were mere “corrections of style and of errata” and not actual or “literal” changes, a House official said on Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Rice farmers seek bigger financial aid

The one-time financial assistance that the Senate directed the Department of Agriculture (DA) to provide to rice farmers amid the declining prices of palay would not be enough, a group of rice farmers said. (MB file, Keith Bacongco) Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) National Manager Raul Montemayor said rice farmers have lost an average of P10,000 per hectare in the ongoing cropping season due to severely depressed palay prices.   This was his response to the joint resolution recently passed by the Senate Committees on Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, which ordered the DA to appropriate some P3 billion in tariffs from rice imports through the 2021 national budget for cash aid to rice farmers. Under the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL), which allowed unlimited rice importation in the Philippines, tariff collections in excess of P10 billion per year can be used for additional support to farmers, including cash transfers. FFF, however, noted that the proposed appropriation would only provide P5,000 per farmer if distributed to some 600,000 farmers tilling one hectare or less.   If the actual number of qualified farmers is raised to 1.1 million, the subsidy would only amount to about P2,700 per farmer. Either proposal will be unfair to equally affected rice farmers tilling larger areas, the farmers’ group said.   Instead, Montemayor said the government could keep palay prices stable by temporarily imposing safeguard duties or additional tariffs on imported rice. “The government allowed unlimited rice imports, resulting in low palay prices.  Now, it will spend P3 billion to partially offset farmers’ losses. If it had instead imposed additional duties on imports, palay prices would not have dropped too much, there would have been no need for cash aid to farmers, and the government might have even earned extra revenues from the safeguard duties,” said Montemayor. Under the Section 10 of RTL or Republic Act (RA) 11203, in order to protect the Philippine rice industry from sudden or extreme price fluctuations, a special safeguard duty on rice shall be imposed in accordance with Safeguard Measures Act.   R.A. 8800 or the Safeguard Measures Act, on the other hand, allows additional safeguard duties on top of regular tariffs in case an import surge is shown to be harmful to local farmers.   “Safeguard duties will not be inflationary as claimed by the DA, because they will be applied only when there is already a proven oversupply in the market.  They can be removed once the situation stabilizes,” said Montemayor. Agriculture Secretary William Dar is not keen on slapping additional tariff on rice imports, and has repeatedly appealed for public understanding about the “short-term” effects of RTL to palay prices. However, he promised to look for other solutions to the plea of the farmers like asking the National Food Authority (NFA), which buys palay at P19 per kilogram (/kg) to boost the government’s buffer stock, to intensify its palay procurement.   Instead of cash aid, the FFF proposed that existing funds from the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) and extra tariff collections be re-focused to address current problems of farmers.   It noted that half of farmers receiving free seeds under the RCEF had already been using certified seeds in the past, and that many were seeking other types of support that were not available under RCEF.   Numerous farmers have also questioned the DA’s promotion of seed varieties like NSIC Rc222, which is of poor quality and are being shunned by traders. “Also, the P5 billion annual fund for mechanization is not moving well, and it might be more practical at this time to preserve job opportunities for farm laborers instead of displacing them with machines,” Montemayor said.   “Moreover, the P1 billion budget for extension and training could be realigned, considering that farmers cannot attend training activities due to COVID-related restrictions. The P1 billion for credit could be better used for interest rate subsidies or loan guarantee programs, instead of direct loans which will benefit only 20,000 farmers,” he added......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

National Broadband Program gets P902 million budget for 2021

The Department of Budget and Management has allocated P902 million for the National Broadband Program of the Department of Information and Communications Technology for next year, way below the P18.8 billion the DICT seeks to improve connectivity in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 11th, 2020

Stocks close lower over budget delay

The local stock market ended the week lower yesterday over concern that the passage of next year’s budget will be delayed.  The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) shed 11.05 points, or 0.19 points, to close at 5,931.61 with sectoral indices mixed.  Volume was lower at 9.16 billion shares worth P5.63 billion with gainers beating losers 119 to 76 with 43 unchanged.  “The local bourse declined due to worries over a possible delay in the passage of the national budget for 2021 which would serve as a risk against the local economic recovery,” said Philstocks Financial Senior Analyst Japhet Tantiangco.  Regina Capital Development Corporation Managing Director Luis Limlingan noted that, “Local shares retraced from earlier losses to close marginally lower after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected the idea of a standalone bill to aid the airline industry, saying such a measure would need to be part of a broader fiscal stimulus package. President Trump doubled down on the Fiscal Stimulus and insisted now to have a larger than the proposed airline stimulus.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

BCDA seeks additional P229-M budget for Nat’l Academy for Sports

By Vanne Elaine P. Terrazola         The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) is asking lawmakers for an additional P229 milllion in its 2021 budget for the construction of the National Academy for Sports. During the Senate finance committee’s deliberation of the BCDA’s P5.795-billion proposed budget, BCDA President Vince Dizon said the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 5th, 2020

BCDA chief seeks P229M funding for Nat’l Sports Academy

Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) President and CEO Vince Dizon on Monday asked the senators to provide P229 million to fund the creation of the Philippine National Academy of Sports (NAS) under the 2021 national budget. During Senate Finance Committee deliberations of BCDA’s proposed P5.795-billion budget for 2021, Senator Sonny Angara asked Dizon if there […] The post BCDA chief seeks P229M funding for Nat’l Sports Academy appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 5th, 2020

NEA supports proposed P9 billion budget for 2021

The National Electrification Administration is supporting a resolution filed by the power bloc of the House of Representatives to restore the agency’s P9-billion proposed budget for fiscal year 2021......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 30th, 2020

MONEY HEIST: Smoke and mirrors in the 2021 proposed national budget

Opposition legislators were quick to spot this brazen attempt to revive the pork barrel system, as the NTF-ELCAC is set to receive a 2,969 percent increase in its budget – from P622.3 million in 2020 to a whopping P19.1 billion in 2021. The post MONEY HEIST: Smoke and mirrors in the 2021 proposed national budget appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsSep 19th, 2020

Teachers group renews call on Congress to increase DepEd budget in 2021

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers said that the proposed P606.5 billion allocated to DepEd, as well as the entirety of the 2021 national budget, "is not responsive and [is not] resilient to present and future crises.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 15th, 2020

Año sa House panel: Paggagamitan ng P16.B barangay fund ‘to follow’

Manila, Philippines – Nilinaw ni Interior Secretary Eduardo Año na ang nakatabing P16.4 bilyong budget sa national budget sa 2021 ay hindi sa pork barrel allocation ng botohan sa 2022. Sa pagdinig, sinabi ni Año na may mga proyektong nakalatag sa proposed P244.3-billion budget. “Mayroon na po tayong initial listing po, ito po ay isinubmit […] The post Año sa House panel: Paggagamitan ng P16.B barangay fund ‘to follow’ appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsSep 10th, 2020

Poe: Why is DPWH s flood control budget bigger than DOH budget in 2021?

Poe pointed out that, under the proposed 2021 national budget, at least P150 billion is allocated to the Department of Public Works and Highways for flood control while the entire budget for the Department of Health is P131 billion......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 10th, 2020

P8B more for AFP warchest

An extra P8 billion has been allotted to for military modernization in the proposed 2021 national government budget due to external threats......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 8th, 2020

Pagtaas ng revenue collection ng gobyerno inaasahan sa taong 2021

Naniniwala si Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez na makakabawi ang bansa sa revenue collection sa gitna pa rin ng epekto ng COVID-19 pandemic. Sa pagdinig ng House Committee on Appropriations sa panukalang P4.5 trillion national budget sa sususnod na taon, sinabi ni Dominquez na inaasahan nila na makaka-recover ng bahagya ang revenue collection sa 2021 na […] The post Pagtaas ng revenue collection ng gobyerno inaasahan sa taong 2021 appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 5th, 2020

Xinhua world economic news summary at 0900 GMT, Aug. 2

MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the proposed 4.506-trillion-peso (91.65-billion-U.S. dollar) national budget for 2021, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

DICT seeking P13.4-b budget for national broadband

The Department of Information and Communications Technology proposed a P13.49-billion allocation in 2021 to implement the national broadband program next year. .....»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2020

PSC to support Team Philippines up to Olympics

With around P1.3 billion of its funds redirected back to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to fund the country’s Covid-19 fight, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) assured members of the national team of its support for their 2021 Tokyo Olympics bid......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 18th, 2020