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DBM launches project monitoring technology to prevent ghost projects

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, March 8th, 2018

DBM Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno

MANILA, Philippines — The government is strictly monitoring the implementation of government projects and programs to fight corruption.

These include the infrastructure projects under the “Build, Build, Build” program.

In connection with this, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has launched “Project Dime” or Digital Imaging for Monitoring and Evaluation.

In the said project, the agency will use different technologies like lidar, geotagging, satellites and drones to monitor the development of projects.

“So no more ghost projects as a result of this, because we don’t need to send people up there in the mountain to monitor. We can see them thru satellites,” said the budget secretary.

This 2018, DBM will monitor 75 major projects.

These comprise the construction of access roads leading to airports and seaports, new facilities of the health department, railway projects, and irrigation.

If these projects will be found idle or without any development, they will be reported directly to the President.

“And we can report this to the President and then eventually if there is a case, we can leave it to the ombudsman,” said Diokno.

According to DBM, with the new monitoring system, corruption and the number of lazy officials will be reduced. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Duterte admin eyes 3rd week of December for enactment of proposed P3.757T 2019 budget

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

 

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) sees no reason for Congress not to pass the proposed P3.757 trillion national budget for 2019.

“I don’t see any problem, cooperative naman yung Congress,” Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said.

Although House Committee on Appropriations chairperson Rep. Karlo Nograles is among those being considered by President Rodrigo Duterte for the Cabinet Secretary post, Diokno said it will not affect the passage of the 2019 proposed national budget.

The President targets to sign and finally enact into law the 2019 General Appropriations Act on the third week of December.

“We are already scheduling the signing of the bill sometime maybe between December 15 to December 20 ang signing…target signing yun ng bill,” Diokno said.

Meanwhile, the DBM reported that the department has already released 96 percent (P3.599-T) of the 2018 national budget.

Among the major releases in October include P34-B for the implementation of the Basic Education Program of the Department of Education; P1.1-M subsidy for the Public Utility Modernization Project; and P6.7-B for the pension differential arrearage of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Diokno assured continued transparency in the budget releases of the government.

“We will continue to provide updates and our people can count on the efficient and transparent release of funds by the DBM,” he said.

The department has also released P662.5-M to replenish the Quick Response Fund of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Part of the fund will be used to provide assistance to areas affected by Typhoon Rosita in northern Luzon and in preparation for other calamities that could hit the country in the remaining two months of this year. — Rosalie Coz

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Lawmakers oppose DBM’s 2019 cash-based budget system

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2018

 

 

The House of Representatives is preparing to pass a resolution to withdraw their earlier support for the Budget Reform Bill and the implementation of the cash-based budgeting system in 2019.

This, following the budget cuts across all government agencies for next year.

Appropriations Committee Chairman Karlo Nograles says the proposed budgeting system also slashed their districts’ budgets, prompting opposition from congressmen.

Rep. Karl Nograles said, “We are opposing the cash based budgeting. We want to revert it to the obligation-based because we change the premise. We will return this to the DBM expressing our opposition in the cash-based.”

Under the cash-based budgeting system, agencies are required to spend allotted funds and deliver their projects within the year regardless of possible setbacks.

It replaces the current obligated budget system where agencies may spend on various projects even without available funds but are assured of reimbursement the following year.

But DPWH Sec. Mark Villar defended the administration’s proposed system despite their P93-billion budget slash.

Sec. Mark Villar explained, “The only difference is the whole amount will not be reflected on that year it would be spread out in 2 or 3 years that it is being implemented.”

Aside from DPWH, P77- billion was also slashed from the Department of Education, P35 billion from Department of Health and P5-billion each from Comelec and DSWD.

These budget cuts were transferred to fund the salaries and pension payment of police and military.

Nograles said this new system might cause the delay in the proposed budget passage or worse, might even lead to a re-enacted budget.

A possibility that Albay Representative Edcel Lagman agrees with saying, “The reenacted budget would be better than the present budget of the DBM.”

Congressman Nograles is set to meet with the DBM to discuss their concerns. — Grace Casin

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Lawmakers question DBM’s implementation of cash based budget system

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya called for an all-member caucus on Wednesday (August 8), after several lawmakers have questioned the Department of Budget and Management’s (DBM) shift to cash-based budgeting system from the previous obligation-based budget.

He said some congressmen are blaming the new budgeting system for the cuts in their districts’ budgets.

“There’s a proposal by DBM to shift from obligation-based budget to a cash-based budget so this is causing some confusion to some members. They’re wondering why instead of the budget going up, it’s going down,” Andaya said.

Under the cash-based budget system, agencies are required to spend allotted funds and deliver their projects within the year regardless of possible setbacks.

Whereas under the obligated budget system, agencies may spend on various projects even without available funds but are assured of reimbursement the following year.

“Cash-based kasi gagastusin mo yung kikitain mo sa taong ito. Ang obligation-based is pwede kang gumastos pero pwede mo na bayaran next year, kumbaga may credit line sa tindahan, na ‘yun ang kinasanayan natin at ng lahat ng departamento,” Andaya explained.

Andaya said all members of the House agreed to call on DBM regarding their concerns about the new budgeting system.

“This is the first time it will happen walang precedent pa rito. Everything is uncertain, siguro a little more study before we totally apply,” he said.

Majority of the congressmen both from the minority and majority groups signed a resolution on Wednesday urging DBM to hold its implementation. — Grace Casin

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