2013 National Budget, Niratipikahan na ng Senado

admin   •   December 7, 2012   •   2483

FILE PHOTO: Senador Franklin Drilon, chairman ng Senate Committee on Finance (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Niratipikahan na ng Senado ang P2.006 trillion budget ng pamahalaan para sa taong 2013.

Ayon kay Senador Franklin Drilon, chairman ng Senate Committee on Finance, hindi masyadong tumagal ang paguusap ng Bicameral Conference Committee sa budget kaya’t agad itong naaprubahan ng dalawang kapulungan ng Kongreso.

Nabawasan naman ang national budget ng P100 milyon kasunod nang kahilingan ni Senador Panfilo Lacson na huwag na siyang bigyan ng Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) o mas kilala sa tawag na pork barrel.

“Both panels House and Senate have agreed on dis-agreeing provision and have been reconciled. It’s 2 trillion 6 billion minus 100 million which is the pork barrel of Sen. Lacson,” pahayag ni Drilon.

Malaking bahagi ng inaprubahang pondo ay mapupunta sa sektor ng edukasyon, kalusugan at maging sa conditional cash transfers.

Kasama rin sa alokasyon ng nasabing pondo ay mapupunta sa mga programa ng pamahalaan gaya ng pang-imprastraktura at pagpapatayo ng mga paaralan. (Bryan De Paz & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Bicam approves Php5.024-T 2022 proposed budget

Maris Federez   •   December 15, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Bicameral Conference Committee on Wednesday (December 15) approved the Php5.024 trillion 2022 proposed national budget.

The Lower and Upper Houses of Congress are expected to ratify the budget in the plenary anytime within the last session day before the holiday break.

Following Congress ratification of the proposed budget is the submission of the same to President Rodrigo Duterte for his signature on or before December 25.

Senate Committee on Finance chairperson Senator Sonny Angara said that in the approved Bicameral Conference Committee report, they have adjusted the budget of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC), the Department of Health (DOH), and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

“I think, we restored the [NTF] ELCAC to the 16 or 16.5 billion-peso level which is the 2021 level. Yung DOH, I think, it’s up by, at least, 20 to 30 billion pesos over what the President submitted because maraming kulang doon,” Angara said.

“So nandoon yung sa risk allowance, I think, dinagdagan namin yung sa boosters. Tapos sa testing meron din doon. Tapos sa DOLE naglagay rin tayo ng testing for yung  naghahanap ng trabaho. Nakatutok na rin tayo sa economic recovery natin,” he added.

Angara further said the Bicam also included in the budget funding for COVID-19 vaccines estimated at 45 to 50 billion pesos as part of the government’s efforts in fighting the deadly disease as the country is gradually opening its economy. —/mbmf (with details from Nel Maribojoc)

Sen. Bato questions cut in NTF-ELCAC budget

Maris Federez   •   November 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa expressed hope that the 2022 budget of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC) will be reverted to the amount originally requested.

On the second day of the plenary debates on the proposed 2022 national budget, Dela Rosa questioned the panel’s move to cut a large portion of the proposed budget for the government’s anti-insurgency task force.

“Kung hindi natin ito magawa, sinong makikinabang nito? Sinong magbubunyi dahil naputol ang ELCAC funds? Hindi ba NPA? Sasaya ang NPA nito,” Dela Rosa said.

“Yung taga bundok masyadong mababa yung kanilang pag-understand sa situation. Baka sabihin nila tayo sa Senado ay pro-NPA. Dahil tinanggal natin ang pondo na nakakapatay sa problema ng NPA,” he added.

On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Finance that is chaired by Senator Sonny Angara, deducted Php24 billion from the Php28 billion budget of the NTF ELCAC.

The deducted amount was, in turn, added to the special risk allowance of health care workers.

Angara explained that the task force failed to submit a report that will justify their requested budget.

He added that it was only last Monday that the committee received a letter from the task force.

“Pagka hindi po nagrereport ang isang ahensya sa’tin— in fact nag iwan pa nga tayo ng P4 billion, despite not knowing — this is blind allocation in effect,” Angara explained.

“Bago tayo nag-a-appropriate for each agency of government, tinatanong natin: ‘Paano niyo ginagastos yung binigay namin sa inyo noong nakaraang taon?’ Eh, nung tinanong natin ‘yun sa NTF-ELCAC, wala po silang sagot sa atin nung finafinilize natin yung committee report,” he added.

Dela Rosa felt that the NTF ELCAC was singled out in the slashing of the national budget.

“Ang sa’kin lang kung ang gawin nating rason na bakit natin ini-slash because we’re not satisfied about its implementation, marami pang ongoing. And maybe ganun din ang gagawin natin sa lahat ng government agency, pati ang DPWH hanggang ngayon nandoon pa nagsesemento pa sa kalsada. Eh bakit ito pang NTF-ELCAC pa ang ating [binawasan]?” he said.

Angara, however, reasoned that slow-performing government agencies suffer budget cuts.

“Actually, yun po talaga ang ginagawa natin, Your Honor.  ‘Pag mabagal po ang implementation ng isang ahensya, ‘pag mababa po ang utilization, we really cut their budget, Your Honor,” Angara explained.

Meanwhile, Dela Rosa denied allegations that the NTF ELCAC budget will only be used in the elections.

“Kung sabihin naman natin na ito’y baka gagawing campaign war chest ng administration, mali po tayo diyan. Ako po tumakbo ako sa 2019. Nanalo ako bilang senador. Ni piso wala akong natanggap sa Malacañang. Kahit mamamatay man  ako dito sa kinauupuan ko ngayon,” he said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Senate cuts NTF-ELCAC budget to fund health worker allowance

Maris Federez   •   November 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate Committee on Finance has cut the proposed 2022 budget of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), Senator Sonny Angara who chaired the panel told reporters Tuesday.

Angara said the Php24 billion from the total Php28 billion budget will be transferred and used to fund the special risk allowance (SRA) of health workers.

“We cannot make a judgement really if the program has been a success or not because we’ve not received any very little information on the actual projects. Ang sinasabi dinownload na yung pondo. The DBM tells us binigay na nila yung pondo sa mga bara-baranggay or the municipality or provinces. […] ‘Yun ang inaantay namin. Asan na yung mga reports on the projects. Wala, wala pang binibigay samin,” Angara said.

Some senators expressed support for the move.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon thanked Angara for supporting his advocacy to realign the NTF-ELCAC’s budget.

“I support and congratulate Sen. Sonny Angara for the cut in the NTF-ELCAC budget. I thank him for supporting my advocacy since last year to realign this NTF ELCAC budget which duplicates other programs, and is clearly in the nature of pork barrel funds,” Drilon said.

Drilon further called for the slashing of the alleged Php2 billion hidden budget in other government agencies that will purportedly be given to the anti-insurgency task force.

“He should also cut another Php2 billion hidden in the budget of other agencies, such as TESDA, for NTF ELCAC,” he said.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson also expressed his support for the budget cut, noting that the officials must be held accountable if misuse of the budget was committed.

“Not only do I support the slash in the NTF-ELCAC’s proposed budget for 2022, if such misuse was indeed committed – the officials concerned must be made accountable, if not criminally liable,” he said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

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