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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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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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Boracay rehab to get additional P490-M for road works – DBM

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Manila, Philippines – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced Wednesday it will provide an additional P490 million  for the rehabilitation works in Boracay Island.

In a press briefing, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said the additional amount is supplementary to the P50 million  in the 2018 National Budget to fund the improvement of the Boracay Circumferential Road. The project includes repair works to the island’s drainage and sewerage system.

The fund will be released within the week to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DWPH,) the agency facilitating the road works.

Diokno said the money will come from the national government’s contingency fund.

“We did not anticipate that there is Boracay issue, right? We are widening the roads, make it more permanent and additional construction works which involve equipment, manpower and of course materials,” said the Secretary.

Prior to this, DBM released P448 million  to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as financial assistance to over 17,000 residents and workers being affected by the rehabilitation.

The Budget Department assures that the government has enough fund should other member agencies of the interagency task force in Boracay requests for additional budget.

“We can finance it from the 2018 budget. There’s no need for supplemental budget for this,” Secretary Diokno concluded.  — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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