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Senators question 2021 budget’s priorities amid coronavirus crisis

SENATORS on Wednesday questioned the economic team’s priorities under the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021 as allocations for health and social safety nets were cut and funds for infrastructure projects increased despite the ongoing pandemic.

Budget gap swells to P560B in 1st half

THE National Government’s budget deficit ballooned to P560.4 billion in the first half of 2020, as pandemic-related expenses surged amid a decline in tax collections, the Treasury said.

DA proposes P284.4-billion budget for 2021

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) proposed a P284.4-billion budget for 2021 to “sustain, reboot and grow” the agriculture and fisheries sector and make it more resilient as the economy recovers.

Budget gap hits P202 billion in May

THE national government recorded a P202.1-billion budget deficit in May, as spending continued to rise while revenues slumped to multi-year lows amid the pandemic.

DBCC slashes proposed budget for 2021, 2022

THE Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) slashed the projected national budget for the next two years, as revenues are expected to take a huge hit from the coronavirus crisis.

DBM extends deadline for agencies’ 2021 spending plans

THE DEPARTMENT of Budget and Management (DBM) has extended the deadline for state agencies preparing their 2021 budget plans (BP) to May 25 amid the 30-day Luzon-wide lockdown.

Creating the best Christmas feast on a budget

Noche Buena, which translates to “good evening” in Spanish, refers to the night of Christmas Eve commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. In the...

Smooth sailing seen for 2020 budget in bicam

THE PROPOSED P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 is seen to smooth-sail in the bicameral conference committee, according to a senator, citing less contention in the House leadership.

Congressman rejects ‘pork’ claims in House budget

A LEGISLATOR said Friday that the 2020 budget approved last week by the House of Representatives contained no “pork,” contrary to allegations made by a Senator.

Budget delay’s impact hounds infrastructure spending into July

LATE ENACTMENT of this year’s national budget continued to weigh on infrastructure spending in July, the Budget department reported on Thursday, even as it noted that a month-on-month surge showed “that disbursements are starting to normalize and accelerate in the second half…”

House panel approves P8.2-B Office of the President budget

THE House appropriations committee on Friday approved the P8.201 billion budget of the Office of the President for 2020, taking under six minutes with no interpellation.

Duterte directs agencies to revert accounts payable to state coffers

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has issued an executive order directing all national government agencies to revert all accounts payable which “remain outstanding for at least two years and for which no actual claim has been filed” to the national coffers.

Fiscal balance back in deficit in February despite 2019 budget delay

A SURGE in state spending, despite delayed enactment of the P3.757-trillion national budget for 2019, fueled the fiscal deficit to grow nearly half in February, the Bureau of the Treasury reported on Friday.

Salary increase for gov’t workers seen by February

GOVERNMENT WORKERS can expect to receive higher salaries next month as the 2019 budget is expected to be signed into law, the country’s Budget chief said, adding that succeeding pay hikes will be revealed later this year.

No special session for 2019 budget — Palace

MALACAÑANG on Friday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte will no longer call for a special session for Congress to finish its deliberations on the proposed 2019 budget.

Budget faces reenactment under Senate schedule

THE SENATE is targeting to approve the proposed P3.757 trillion national budget for 2019 on third and final reading by Jan. 16, paving the way for a possible reenacted budget in January next year.

DBM releases P2.29 billion for Marawi social projects

THE DEPARTMENT of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P2.29 billion for social projects under the Marawi City Rehabilitation and Recovery program. The projects, which...

Villar asks DBM to allot P10 billion annually for rice farmers

Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food chairperson Cynthia A. Villar requested that the Department of Budget and Management to allocate additional funds for rice...

DBM releases pension differential for AFP, PNP retirees

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released on Thursday, Aug. 9, the pension differential for retirees of the Armed Forces of the...

Gordon calls for hike in military budget

Senator Richard J. Gordon on Tuesday, July 3, called for an increased budget of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in order to...

Roadwork and new buildings see surge in capital outlays in May:...

Infrastructure and other capital outlays continued to surge in May, due to roadwork and building construction, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said...

Government cash usage rises in May vs April

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT agencies’ cash use accelerated in the middle of the second quarter, according to data from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Infrastructure, other capital outlays surge

STATE SPENDING on infrastructure and other capital outlays nearly doubled in April as the government ramped up construction and improvement of roads and flood control systems and bought more equipment for its schools, the Budget department reported on Wednesday.

LGU share of internal revenue allotment up by 7% — DBM

THE BUDGET department has fully released local government units' (LGUs) share in national government taxes as of mid-April. According to the Department of Budget and...

Gov’t releases P448 million for workers displaced by Boracay shutdown

THE government has released P448 million to finance livelihood programs that will benefit workers affected by Boracay’s six-month closure. These funds, which were released to...

Budget department wants to use Dengvaxia refund for medical assistance to...

THE BUDGET DEPARTMENT will ask the House committee on appropriations to file a supplemental budget that would allow the use of the refunds from...

Allowances for gov’t workers to rise by P1,000

GOVERNMENT workers will receive an additional P1,000 in allowances this year after the Budget department approves guidelines for its release. “We increased the uniform allowance...

Bicameral budget talks start amid differences

BOTH CHAMBERS of Congress yesterday began meeting in a bid to ensure Dec. 19 enactment of next year’s proposed P3.767-trillion national budget, amid major...

Budget, tax reform in Senate, ahead of bicam talks

IN WHAT is expected to be at least three weeks left for Congress to pass the priority legislation of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s administration,...

Senate budget debates begin with funds for drug war

SENATORS ON Thursday, Nov. 16, debated over the realignment of P900 million for the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) anti-illegal drug campaign “Oplan Double Barrel”...

Davao OK’s P7.8-B budget for 2018

THE CITY’s legislative body has approved the proposed P7.8-billion budget for 2018, which is P2 million lower than the P8-billion allocation this year. The...

Duterte sacks budget undersecretary for corruption

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has axed a budget official for alleged corruption, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto C. Abella said in a press briefing in Malacañang...

ACPC gets higher budget

THE Agricultural Credit Policy Council’s (ACPC’s) budget for next year climbed by more than a fifth from 2017’s as the Department of Agriculture (DA)...

Drilon threatens to block Customs budget

SENATE Minority Floor Leader Franklin M. Drilon has threatened to block the Customs’ bureau’s proposed P3.105-billion budget if an order that has exempted containerized...

Congress to be sought for budget on Marawi

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter THE EXECUTIVE will be asking Congress to pass a supplemental budget once it finalizes rehabilitation plans for Marawi City,...

Senate finance committee approves DoJ 2018 budget

THE Senate Committee on Finance has approved the P17 billion budget of the Department of Justice (DoJ) after postponing deliberations on the department’s funding...

Earth’s 2017 resource ‘budget’ spent by next week — report

PARIS -- Humanity will have used up its allowance of planetary resources such as water, soil, and clean air for all of 2017 by...

Infrastructure spending picks up amid concerns

By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan and Ian Nicolas P. Cigaral, Reporters STATE infrastructure and other capital outlays surged in May, according to the Department of...

Philippine government's fiscal performance (as of January 2016)

The government posted a budget deficit in January this year, but economists believe state spending should have increased faster ahead of the March 25-May...

Philippine government disbursement performance

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The impact of budgets

Getting The Edge In Professional Selling — Terence A. Hockenhull What can a salesperson do when a customer rejects a suggested product based on cost? One...