DBM releases COVID-19 response fund

Maris Federez   •   May 5, 2021   •   562

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has assured the public that there are sufficient funds for the government’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a statement released on Tuesday (April 4), the DBM said “sufficient funds are made available to Departments and Agencies for programs and projects in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The DBM added that aside from the regular appropriations that each agency is getting under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and the continuing FY 2020 GAA, “the total amount of P189.442-billion in allotments pursuant to the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan II) may still be utilized until June 30, 2021.”

“This is also on top of the P60.605-billion additional allotments released to the Department of Health for foreign-assisted projects, particularly on the procurement of vaccines and other essential equipment and supplies,” it added.

The advisory further said that the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund will be tapped for other COVID-19 pandemic measures that may not be covered by all available funding sources.

Details of all these releases are uploaded on the DBM website for the information and reference of all concerned, the agency said.

The DBM assures that it is committed to fulfilling its mandate “of promoting the efficient and effective management of the national budget to support its budget priorities while also ensuring that the needs of the Filipino people, especially during challenging times such as this, are met.”

DBM releases P827 million to replenish quick response fund of gov’t agencies

Robie de Guzman   •   December 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Wednesday said it has released a total of P827.18 million to frontline agencies for the replenishment of their respective Quick Response Fund (QRF), in line with the recent onslaught of Typhoon Odette.

In a statement, the DBM said these agencies include the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) with P139.68 million, Philippine National Police (PNP) with P25.0 million and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with P662.50 million.

The budget department said the total funding requirement was charged from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund, or commonly known as “calamity fund”.

“This can be used for aid, relief and rehabilitation services for communities affected by natural calamities, among others,” it added.

The DBM said the QRF is a built-in standby fund in selected agencies, which can be tapped to immediately address the adverse effects and damages brought about by catastrophes and crises.

When the QRF gets depleted, the concerned agencies may request for augmentation of funds to the DBM through a special budget request and subject to the approval of the Office of the President, it added.

In total, the DBM said it has released P2.83 billion as of December 27, 2021 to both national and local governments to fund their respective programs and projects intended to assist areas hard-stricken by Typhoon Odette.

Additional P1 billion released to LGUs hit by Odette – DBM

Robie de Guzman   •   December 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Wednesday said it has released an additional P1 billion to local government units (LGU) in areas devastated by Typhoon Odette.

In a statement the DBM said the additional budget was released to the following areas to aid them in addressing the damage caused by Typhoon Odette:

  • Region IV-B (P84.38 million)
  • Region VI (P248.35 million)
  • Region VII (P202.66 million)
  • Region VIII (P115.43 million)
  • Region X (P84.37 million)
  • Region XIII (264.81 million

“The allocations for the respective regions were computed based on the number of affected households and on the proportionate amount of damages incurred by Typhoon Odette on the region’s infrastructure and agricultural sectors, as recently reported by the Department of Social Welfare and Development,” the department said.

“The total funding requirement was also charged from the FY 2021 Contingent Fund and shall similarly be downloaded to the respective authorized government servicing banks of the LGUs by the Bureau of the Treasury,” it added.

The latest release follows the initial P1 billion released by the DBM last week after President Rodrigo Duterte promised to give more funds to LGUs affected by the calamity.

Overall, the department has released P2.0 billion to assist hard-stricken LGUs.

The DBM said it will issue a local budget circular to provide guidelines on the release and use of the financial assistance.

2022 national budget, lalagdaan ni Pangulong Duterte sa Dec. 28 – DBM

Robie de Guzman   •   December 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Posibleng pirmahan na ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa Martes, Disyembre 28, ang P5.024 trilyong national budget para sa taong 2022, ayon kay acting Budget Secretary Tina Rose Marie Canda.

“If I’m not mistaken, it will be signed tomorrow afternoon,” ani Canda sa isang panayam.

Naniniwala ang budget official na kaunting line items lang ang ivi-veto ng pangulo sa budget measure.

“Pero it’s very few if I’m not mistaken, kasi parang maganda yung mga naipasok ng mga legislators doon sa budget,” ani Canda.

Samantala, P6 bilyong halaga ng pondo ang ilalaan ng gobyerno bago matapos ang taong 2021 para tulungan ang mga biktima ng bagyong Odette.

Aabot sa P1 bilyon ang unang inilabas na pondo ng pamahalaan noong Biyernes, at P1 bilyong piso muli ngayong Lunes. Ang nalalabing halaga ay ilalabas bago matapos ang taon.

“Tapos maglalabas din kami bago matapos ang taon ng 4 na bilyon na ayuda para sa mga local government units na ipahahatid naman nila sa mga mamamayang naapektuhan ng bagyong Odette,” ani Canda.

Oras na mapirmahan ang 2022 national budget, maaari na ring magamit ang pondo para sa mga biktima ng bagyo sa Enero.

Nasa P4 bilyon ang nakalaan para rito sa 2022 national budget.

Isa sa mga dahilan kung bakit napabilis ang pag-apruba ng kongreso sa spending plan sa susunod na taon ay bunsod ng pinsala ng typhoon odette sa ilang bahagi ng bansa. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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