DTI’s Budget Cut for 2021, Lawmakers in Grief

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)’s budget will slightly decrease for the year 2021. Lawmakers however, expressed their grief about the budget cut as it was seen to have helped micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, the budget for their department and all attached […].....»»

Category: lifestyleSource: abscbn abscbnSep 17th, 2020

Infra budget to be scrutinized

Speaker Lord Allan Velasco said the House leadership will address the “inequitable” allocation of infrastructure funds under the 2021 proposed budget---an issue that hounded his predecessor, Taguig Rep. Alan Cayetano who, together with his wife and allies, was accused by lawmakers of getting the lion’s share......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

Pass the budget & mdash;and quarrel later

Lawmakers should drop everything and immediately debate over the proposed 2021 budget. They should pass the new appropriations act swiftly with little time left, as if their lives depend on it......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

Velasco, Cayetano agree to work for swift passage of 2021 national budget

  BY GENALYN KABILING   House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco and his predecessor Taguig Rep. Alan Cayetano have agreed to work as “one majority” to facilitate the swift passage of the proposed 2021 national budget, Malacañang said Tuesday. The agreement was reached when President Duterte met with two lawmakers at the Malago clubhouse inside Malacanang […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

Extended session proposed

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman on Sunday appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to extend the special session of Congress for another four days from Oct. 19 to 22 to give lawmakers enough time to scrutinize and approve the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 11th, 2020

Duterte calls special session on October 13-16

President Duterte has called for a special session of Congress from Oct. 13 to 16 next week to get lawmakers to approve on time the 2021 national budget, which he also certified as urgent last night......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

Rody calls Congress to special session

President Rodrigo Duterte called on the House of Representatives on Friday to special session next week to resume the congressional deliberations on the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021 which he also certified as urgent. Duterte’s spokesperson Harry Roque said the Chief Executive urged lawmakers to tackle on 13 to 16 October the government’s spending […] The post Rody calls Congress to special session appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated 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

& lsquo;Speakership row ends with quit-bid rejection& rsquo;

As far as Malacañang is concerned, the speakership row at the House of Representatives is “over” for now and lawmakers should focus on the passage of the proposed P4.5 trillion national budget for 2021......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2020

Lawmakers clash over budget as speakership change nears

A word war has erupted over the 2021 national budget between congressmen linked to the two leaders of the House of Representatives, whose roles are set to switch in October under a term-sharing agreement of the speakership......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 19th, 2020

Facing House, Duque insists on innocence

Cleared by the special task force that investigated anomalies in Philippine Health Insurance Corp., Health Secretary Francisco Duque III reiterated yesterday his innocence as lawmakers grilled him at a hearing on his department’s proposed P203.74-billion budget for 2021......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 18th, 2020

Congress promises PSC funding for Tokyo Olympics

Lawmakers promised to heed the Philippine Sports Commission’s call for financial support for the Tokyo Olympics next year. Congressmen who are members of the Committee on Youth and Sports Development gave a positive response when the government’s sports arm lobbied for Tokyo 2021 budget in the House of Representatives.   "Rest assured that we will do our part to get the funding for this Olympics. All hands are in. Dapat lahat tayo dito. This is the best chance we have," said committee head Rep. Eric Martinez. He added that they would discuss the matter with the Department of Budget and Management and schedule it the soonest time possible because the athletes "need that budget for the Olympics." PSC Chairman William 'Butch' Ramirez during the regular committee meeting on Wednesday bared the sports agency's need for its slashed funds to continue supporting the training and competitions of Tokyo Olympic Games qualifiers and hopefuls vying for slots.   "We were one of those government offices who also contributed to the Bayanihan Act. The DBM deducted from us. Para sa amin malaking bagay 'yun kasi kasama doon 'yung Olympic budget namin. Hanggang ngayon po bakante 'yan. It's an opportunity for us to ask, we need your help," expressed Ramirez. After presenting the Olympic budget request of more than P182 Million for Tokyo-bound athletes and hopefuls made by Chef de Mission (CDM) Mariano Araneta to the PSC, the sports agency chief highlighted the push Congress can give to the country's Olympic dream.     "Rep. Bambol Tolentino has initially supported ‘yung P180 million na allowances ng atleta which was approved by the bicam, and to be approved by the President. Thank you sa lahat ng congressman na sumuporta. Pero 'yung Olympic budget namin, we are hoping again for your support," said Ramirez. The PSC chief informed the body that "the Philippine Sports Commission is operating on the savings coming from PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation)" and that "when we talk about the elite athletes of the national team, the budget being used is the NSDF (National Sports Development Fund)” prompting PSC to lessen grassroots sports program related to local government units. "Dito kami naka-focus sa elite athletes. We still have some budget just enough for us to reach December," admitted Ramirez in his response to Committee Vice-Chair Jericho Nograles' inquiry on the PSC's funds. To aid in the government’s effort to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, P596 million from the National Sports Development Fund and another P773 million from the General Appropriations Act by the DBM was slashed from the PSC’s budget. Gymnast Caloy Yulo, pole vaulter EJ Obiena and boxers Irish Magno and Eumir Marcial already qualified for the Summer Games. Eighty-two more hopefuls are training to earn spots in the Tokyo Olympics.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 27th, 2020

‘Lawmakers can recoup lost allocations in 2021 budget’

The 65 or so congressmen who lost their district allocations in the previous leadership of former speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo can still recover the funds in the next budget season of fiscal year 2021, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 12th, 2019

Is the P4.5-trillion budget way too much?

How can our lawmakers propose a national budget that is way above our means during a pandemic? Where will this money come from? Filipinos are barely making both ends meet these days......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News1 hr. 45 min. ago

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: NewsOct 24th, 2020

Pagpasa sa 2021 GAA good news

Sa bilang na 257 affirmative votes, six negative votes, and no abstention, naipasa na ng mababang kapulungan ng Kongreso sa ikatlo at huling pagbasa ang House Bill No. 7727 o ang “General Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2021.” Nilalaman nito ang panukalang budget para sa susunod na taon. The post Pagpasa sa 2021 GAA good news first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsOct 23rd, 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

Seniors, health get big chunk of Cebu City’s proposed P10.8B 2021 budget

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella has proposed a P10.8 billion budget for the city for 2021 with the bulk of it dedicated to health. Councilor Raymond Garcia, City Council’s chairperson for the committee on finance, said that they were now reviewing the P10.8 billion annual budget from the mayor which placed […] The post Seniors, health get big chunk of Cebu City’s proposed P10.8B 2021 budget appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

2021 Cebu City budget needs to source funds from SRP — Garcia

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City’s P10.8 proposed 2021 budget may be partly sourced from the proceeds of the sales from the 2015 sale of the lots in the South Road Properties  or the SRP. Councilor Raymond Garcia, chairperson of the City Council’s committee on budget and finance, said in a press conference on October […] The post 2021 Cebu City budget needs to source funds from SRP — Garcia appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

& rsquo;Realign security budget& rsquo;

The House of Representatives Makabayan Bloc has sought the realignment of P641.5 billion earmarked for security services in the proposed 2021 budget to “address urgent needs in health, education, and job creation.”.....»»

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: NewsOct 22nd, 2020