House bill seeks to abolish Budget procurement arm

A BILL that seeks to abolish the Budget department’s Procurement Service, which the Senate is investigating for contracts that allegedly disadvantaged the government, has been filed at the House of Representatives. Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez filed House Bill 10222, which will transfer the procurement of common-use supplies to agencies. The congressman […]

Dar batting for control of irrigation agency   

THE NATIONAL Irrigation Administration (NIA) needs to be under the control of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in order to expand irrigation coverage.    “Meron kaming proposal na kung puwede, kung mamarapatin po ng mahal na Pangulo, ay ilipat na sa DA itong NIA (We have a proposal, which I hope the President approves, to transfer NIA to the DA) because water is agriculture. Agriculture is life,” Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar said in a television appearance Tuesday.    Mr. Dar said the Philippines has […]

House approves VP budget

The House committee on appropriations has approved the Office of the Vice-President’s P713.41-million budget for next year.  The panel approved the budget, which is 21% lower, without a hearing — consistent with the tradition of parliamentary courtesy to a co-equal government branch.  Under the spending plan, P139.58 million will go to personnel services, P558.5 million […]

Lawmakers nix Comelec budget cut

A congressman wants to restore the P15-billion cut in the 2022 budget of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to ensure the efficiency of the May 2022 elections.  “The Comelec budget really needs to be restored,” said Surigao del Norte Rep. Francisco T. Matugas, who heads the committee on appropriations.  Party-list Rep. Ferdinand R. Gaite also pushed to restore the Comelec’s P42-billion budget for next year to ensure “clean, honest and COVID-free” elections.  […]

Reduced agriculture budget allocations questioned in House committee

A MEMBER of the House Committee on Agriculture and Food has queried the Agriculture department over its reduced budget allocations for farm-to-market roads (FMRs) and other programs. Nueva Ecija Rep. Estrellita B. Suansing at the committee hearing Tuesday noted a “disconnect” in the Department of Agriculture’s priorities, citing the reduced 2022 budgets for FMRs. “The […]

House panel gives swift nod to the P8.2B Office of the President budget

THE HOUSE appropriations committee approved the P8.182-billion budget of the Office of the President (OP) for 2022 of without any deliberation. The 2022 budget, which is P4.05 million smaller than the office’s spending plan for this year, was approved following a motion by Pangasinan Rep. Tyrone D. Agabas to immediately terminate the proceedings. In the […]

OWWA seeks P7-B for OFW quarantine

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has asked for P7.5 billion more from the Budget department to sustain the quarantine needs of Filipino workers overseas.  “Signals from National Government and the Department of Budget and Management are positive,” OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac told an online news briefing on Friday.  He said the agency’s remaining budget is good until Sept. 16. and 520,000 migrant workers have been given their food, […]

DBM sees on-time submission of P5-T 2022 nat’l budget proposal to Congress

THE DEPARTMENT of Budget and Management (DBM) expects to transmit to Congress the proposed P5.024-trillion National Expenditure Program for 2022 by the deadline of Aug. 23. In a Viber message Monday, DBM Officer-in-Charge and Undersecretary Tina Rose Marie L. Canda said President Rodrigo R. Duterte approved the proposed spending plan before Budget Secretary Wendel E. […]

No delay expected in 2022 budget submission despite secretary’s leave 

THE DEPARTMENT of Budget and Management (DBM) is expected to submit the government’s 2022 spending plan as scheduled on or before August 25 even with Secretary Wendel E. Avisado’s sick leave, according to a lawmaker.  Senator Panfilo M. Lacson Sr., in a statement, said no delays are seen in the transmittal of the 2022 National Expenditure Program (NEP) as online communication with the Budget […]

Executive department raises amount of proposed first supplemental budget

THE executive department of Cebu City amended its proposed first supplemental budget (SB1). From the original amount of P4.427, the proposed amount is now P4.45 billion, according to City Councilor Raymond Alvin Garcia, budget and finance committee chairman. In late May, the executive department submitted the original proposed SB 1 to the council. The council, […]