8 airports have funding in 2023 budget — DBM

THIS YEAR’s budget has guaranteed funds for eight airports in the country, including a new one in Zamboanga City that will replace the existing facility, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced on Thursday.    “This budgetary allocation seeks to support the construction, rehabilitation, and improvement of the country’s transportation infrastructure, particularly in the aviation […]

Gov’t has P1.3-B budget for free bus rides this year — DBM

THE GOVERNMENT has allocated P1.285 billion in this year’s budget for the continuation of free bus services nationwide, including the EDSA Busway system in Metro Manila, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said on Thursday.   “We understand the plight of our commuting public. The service contracting program, which funds ‘Libreng Sakay’ is a big […]

Seares: Mayor Mike wants to do nine years of work in three. Will he compromise on P50B budget, bundling of tax increases? …Kons Noel denies the mayor threw a newspaper at him. 

WHAT’S UP ON THE BIG ISSUE. Amid the public hearings of the Cebu City Council committee on budget and finance, along with “bicameral” meetings of the mayor’s staff and the councilors to reach some agreement, two things: [1] What does Mayor Mike Rama really want for his 2023 budget: the full P50 billion or much […]

DICT secretary appeals for cybersecurity budget in confirmation hearing

THE COMMISSION on Appointments on Tuesday approved the nomination of Ivan John E. Uy as Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) secretary.   During the hearing, Mr. Uy said his agenda was to enhance the country’s cybersecurity preparedness and appealed for budgetary support from Congress.    “It is a very relevant issue today as we see […]

EXPLAINER: Public hearing on Cebu City budget spotlights Sanggunian dilemma: screen expenses or raise taxes first. On P50 billion 2023 outlay, Vice Mayor Garcia says, ‘So what?’ Risky for treasurer, bad for City Council, say Councilors Pesquera, Archival.

WHICH TO DO FIRST. The first of a series of public hearings on the proposed P50 billion budget for 2023 opened Monday (December 5, 2022) with the City Council committee on budget and finance locked in an intense discussion on the dilemma of what to do first. Should they review now the appropriations of about […]

Senate told to rein in parochial interest in 2023 budget measure

POLITICAL analysts said all local infrastructure projects should have been identified already to avoid lump sum appropriations in the budget. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ MIGUEL DE GUZMAN By Alyssa Nicole O. Tan, Reporter THE SENATE should ensure that the bicameral version of next year’s budget bill aligns with national priorities rather than local interests, political analysts […]

PHL told to improve people’s participation in budget process 

THE PHILIPPINES needs to include more ordinary people or representatives from civic groups in the budget process, according to observers, after the country fared poorly on people’s participation in public budgeting in a survey that measured access to and inclusiveness of budget decisions of 120 countries.   The Congress should “allow any member of the public […]

Ejercito appeals to restore slashed budget for 2 rail transport projects  

SENATOR Joseph Victor “JV” G. Ejercito has asked Congress to restore the slashed allocation in the 2023 budget for the North-South Commuter Railway System and the first phase of the Metro Manila Subway System, noting that the funds are necessary for right-of-way acquisition and value-added tax payments.   “If ever there are budget cuts, definitely, the […]