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Palace eyes signed budget bill by yearend

Malacañang hopes the proposed P4.506-trillion 2021 national budget bill will be signed  before the year ends, after President Rodrigo Duterte certified the measure as urgent......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardOct 11th, 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

Palace sees signing of budget by yearend

With President Duterte calling for a special session this week, there should be no more stumbling block to the passage of the P4.5-trillion budget for next year on or before Dec. 31, Malacañang said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 10th, 2020

Palace hopeful 2021 budget bill will be passed on time

House leaders have given assurances that the issue over the chamber's leadership would not delay the passage of the budget......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 27th, 2020

Bayanihan 2 signing imminent — Palace

The Bayanihan 2 bill, which provides additional funds to the government’s pandemic response, may be signed into law next week, Malacañang said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 7th, 2020

Critics can question anti-terror bill before court — Palace

Groups opposed to the Anti-Terrorism Bill are free to question it before the court even after it is signed into law, Malacañang said Thursday, as calls mount for President Rodrigo Duterte to veto the measure due to fears that it may lead to abuses......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 11th, 2020

Emergency bill approved

Congress approved late Monday night a Palace-backed measure declaring a national emergency that will enable President Rodrigo Duterte to realign funds under this year’s national budget to address the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 24th, 2020

Duterte signs new sin tax law

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill increasing the excise tax on liquor and heated tobacco and vapor products. Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo and Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go confirmed the President’s action in a text message to The Manila Times. Go said the new law also expanded the coverage of value-added tax-exempt […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 24th, 2020

Duterte okays pay hike for govt workers

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte signed into law a bill providing another salary increase for government workers this year. Duterte, with Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go acting as witness, signed the Salary Standardization Law (SSL) 5 in Malacañang on Wednesday, based on photos released by the Palace. In a statement, Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said the new […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 10th, 2020

Ratified budget up to Duterte; some items questionable

Against issues of “pork” allegedly included in the proposed 2020 P4.1 trillion national budget, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Saturday said he had signed the ratified General Appropriations Bill the night before......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2019

Reenacted budget looms

The government might operate on a reenacted budget for the first week of January as the budget bill may not be signed by President Rodrigo Duterte this December. In a radio interview on Saturday, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said there might be a delay on the enactment of the budget because it may take […] The post Reenacted budget looms appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 21st, 2019

Several world-ranked stars will light up Dubai once again at Rotund aRumble 2 on November 22.

The #MTKFightNight – promoted by D4G Promotions in association with MTK Global and Round 10 Boxing Club – hosts a range of huge names including WBO world super-lightweight No. 1 Jack Catterall, India’s highly-ranked icon Vijender Singh, Pakistani boxing hero Muhammad Waseem, WBO world bantamweight No. 4 Thomas Patrick Ward and many, many more. A busy undercard kicks off with two local debutants in Fahad Al-Bloushi and Sultan Al-Nuaimi – moments of history for the sport in Dubai. Fighters from no fewer than 15 countries make up a lengthy bill ready to delight a packed audience at the luxurious Caesars Palace, Bluewaters as well as those tuning in on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank and on iFL TV. Here’s a sneak preview of what you need to know…   JACK CATTERALL vs. TIMO SCHWARZKOPF (10 rounds) With a stunning undefeated record of 24-0, 13 KOs, Catterall is already seen as a super-lightweight world champion in waiting. Chorley’s ‘El Gato’ has systematically destroyed all put before him since turning professional in 2012; claiming the Central Area, the WBO European, the WBO Inter-Continental and British crowns. As the No. 1 challenger in the world to WBO and WBC world champion Jose Ramirez, Catterall is in line for a career-defining world title shot in 2020 but standing in his way is the high-class Schwarzkopf. Germany’s Schwarzkopf (20-3, 12 KOs) is a former IBF International welterweight and EBU European super-lightweight champion and is likely to push Catterall into producing his very best on the night.   VIJENDER SINGH vs. CHARLES ADAMU (10 rounds) Undefeated Singh (11-0, 8 KOs) is a sporting icon in his home country and regularly rubs shoulders with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar. Having already picked up the WBO super-middleweight Asia Pacific super-middleweight title and the WBO Oriental crown, Singh continues to gather an entire nation behind him on his quest to reach world champion status. In Ghana’s vastly-experience Adamu (33-14, 26 KOs), Singh takes on a man who has been in with the likes of Billy Joe Saunders, Rocky Fielding, George Groves and Carl Froch. Singh said: “For me these fights are going to be a build up to the world title which I am aiming for in 2020. I am sure my debut fight in Dubai is going to be an exciting one and I’m looking forward to a knockout win in the early rounds.”   MUHAMMAD WASEEM vs. GANIGAN LOPEZ (8 rounds) In Pakistan, world-class Waseem (9-1, 7 KOs) is another huge national hero and is supported by compatriots such as Shoaib Akhtar. ‘Falcon’ enjoyed a stellar amateur career that included two Commonwealth Games medals and went on to challenge for the IBF world flyweight title in just his eighth fight as a professional. Although Waseem was narrowly denied the world crown by now MTK Global team-mate Moruti Mthalane, he takes the next step back towards the top against tough Mexican Lopez (36-10, 19 KOs). Waseem, whose last performance was a stunning first-round stoppage on #RotundaRumble, said: “I’m confident of stealing the show once again. I’m very happy to be handed the chance to perform in Dubai for a second time in a row.”   THOMAS PATRICK WARD vs. MARTIN CASILLAS (8 rounds) The fighting pride of the north-east and a super-bantamweight king in waiting, unbeaten Ward (28-0, 4 KOs) is ready to announce himself to Dubai fans in style. The skillful 25-year-old has already made his name in the US by outclassing Jesse Hernandez back in February and is eager to accelerate his march towards world honours having recently signed with MTK Global. Ward said: “I’m very excited to be fighting in Dubai. It’s new for me. I’ve been all around the world but it’s always nice to showcase your skills in front of brand new audience.”   ROHAN DATE vs. JUSTICE ADDY (6 rounds) Dubai-based Irishman Date (10-0-1, 8 KOs) snatched headlines on his last outing on #RotundaRumble when he decimated Pardeep Kharera inside a single round. As he continues to move towards title shots, the 26-year-old will be looking for a similarly spectacular display against Ghana’s heavy hitting Addy (16-6-1, 14 KOs). Having already fought in Dubai four times since turning professional in mid-2016, Date is amassing a substantial following and is looking to charge up the 147lb rankings.   JAYR RAQUINEL vs. JACK AMISA (8 rounds) Raquinel (11-1-1, 8 KOs) is an emerging star of Filipino boxing and has already challenged WBC Silver flyweight honours last year. At the age of just 22, the man from Cauayan has the chance to make a name for himself on the big stage against the experienced Amisa from Indonesia.   HASIBULLAH AHMADI vs. DETNARONG OMKRATHOK (6 rounds) A teen sensational proudly representing Afghanistan, Ahmadi has impressed in blasting his way to 7-0 as a professional. A product of the local Round 10 Boxing Club, Ahmadi recorded an entertaining points win over China’s teak-tough Shidong Cai (10-4-1, 2 KOs) on the last #RotundaRumble show and will look to follow up in front of a growing fanbase.   FAHAD AL-BLOUSHI vs. SANDRO TUGHUSHI (4 rounds) Along with team-mate Sultan Al-Nuaimi, 23-year-old lightweight Al-Bloushi will be making history in joining Majid Al-Naqbi as Dubai’s only professional boxers when he makes his debut in the paid ranks on the night. Al-Bloushi said: “I’m proud to say that this is a stepping stone for us to use our talents further beyond and show the world what the UAE is made of. It’s a blessing to be able to start off the right way, in my home country and to showcase my talent to the boxing community and the community of the UAE.”   SULTAN AL-NUAIMI vs. CHARLES LATUPERISSA (4 rounds) Another man looking to cause a stir on his first outing as a professional is super-flyweight Al-Nuaimi, who won two national titles and represented UAE on numerous occasions. Al-Nuaimi said: “Being a professional boxer representing the UAE is a huge honour that I can’t describe. We can show the world that we are capable of achieving great things and making our nation proud.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 18th, 2019

Boxing: Filipino-Emirati boxer Fahad Al Bloushi hopes to make Pinoy community proud at Rotunda Rumble 2 in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Lightweight prospect Fahad Al Bloushi is in high spirits ahead of his highly-awaited professional debut, determined to make not only the whole Emirati nation proud but the sizeable Filipino community here as well. After all, the 23-year-old Dubai-based starlet is proud of his Filipino heritage as he makes his pro bow on Friday’s huge ‘Rotunda Rumble 2’ event, made possible by D4G Promotions in association with Round 10 Boxing Club and MTK Global at Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai. “I really worked hard for this, and I hope to make the Filipino community proud too,” said Al Bloushi, whose mother Winona Bicodo, traces her roots to Dingle in the province of Iloilo, one of the more popular tourist destinations in central Philippines. An accomplished amateur who only took the sport seriously in 2015 and represented United Arab Emirates in the Indonesia Asian Games the following year, Al Bloushi said he has embraced his Filipino lineage with open arms. “I’ve been to the Philippines four times. The first time I went was when I was eight years old. The last time was in 2015. I love it there, they are lovely people,” he said, his eyes glowing while reminiscing wonderful memories. One of three active UAE pro boxers aside from the popular Majid Al Naqbi and fellow debutant Sultan Al-Nuaimi, Al Bloushi has vowed to put his best foot forward in the stacked event headlined by world-ranked star Jack Catterall and aired live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank and on iFL TV worldwide. “I’m excited to get in that ring,” Al Bloushi said. “I’m thankful that I’m turning pro the right way which is in my hometown. I’m ready to put on a show.” Also in action on the bill are fast-rising British phenom Thomas Patrick Ward, Pakistani hero Muhammad Waseem, Indian star Vijender Singh, Kazakhstan sensation Abilkhaiyr Shegaliyev and Irish favorite Rohan Date in what can be considered as a global boxing party in the Middle East. Al Bloushi, however, is keen on getting a fair share of the spotlight. “My short term goal is to be the first Emirati to win a world title belt. For the long term? To be undisputed in two weight divisions,” he concluded......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 18th, 2019

Palace urges Congress to pass 2020 budget on time to avoid economic slowdown

Under the Constitution, the government has to operate on a reenacted budget if Congress fails to pass a new spending bill......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 19th, 2019

Budget must be guarded vs insertions — Palace

Malacañang yesterday cited the need to watch out for possible “insertions” in the proposed P4.1-trillion budget for next year to prevent a repeat of the “painful” lessons from the delayed passage of the 2019 spending bill......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 26th, 2019

SSS eyes signed joint resolution on P2,000 pension hike before yearend

SSS eyes signed joint resolution on P2,000 pension hike before yearend.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 15th, 2016

House eyes OK of P3.3-T 2017 budget by yearend - Philippine Star

House eyes OK of P3.3-T 2017 budget by yearend - Philippine Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2016

House eyes OK of P3.3-T 2017 budget by yearend

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives is eyeing approval of the proposed P3.35-trillion 2017 national budget before the year ends......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2016

House starts discussing nat’l budget

The House Committee on Appropriations will start discussing President Duterte’s first proposed national budget for next year amounting to P3.35 trillion with hopes that the spending bill will be signed into law by December 7......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsAug 21st, 2016

Senators back Velasco’s proposal to hike calamity funds

Senators on Monday agreed with House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco’s suggestion to increase calamity funds under the 2021 General Appropriations Bill containing the P4.5 trillion national budget following the series of typhoons that devastated several provinces in the country. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sonny Angara said hiking the calamity funds would not be a contentious […] The post Senators back Velasco’s proposal to hike calamity funds appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2020

Excesses, inequalities in nat’l budget bill

    THE Senate has been going through the proposed P4.5-trillion General Appropriation Bill for 2021 approved last month by the House of Representatives. The Senate will approve its own National Appropriation Bill which will then be consolidated by a Bicameral Conference Committee into the final Congress-approved bill for signing by President Duterte in December. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2020