DBM says 95% of 2019 budget released as of September

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2019   •   341

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) reported on Tuesday that it has released over 95% of the 2019 national budget as of September 30.

In a statement, the DBM said it has released P3.491 trillion of the P3.662 trillion for the 2019 obligation program, with P2.011 trillion allotment released to line departments.

“These include funds allocated for agencies in the Executive branch, Congress, the Judiciary, and other constitutional offices,” the department said.

The DBM added it also released special purpose funds (SPF) amounting to P317.882 billion.

SPFs are budgetary allocations in the General Appropriations Act (GAA) allotted for specific socio-economic purposes such as budgetary support to government corporations, allocation to local government units, contingent fund, miscellaneous personnel benefits fund, national disaster risk reduction and management fund, and pension and gratuity fund.

The department also reported that allotment releases for automatic appropriations, or appropriations programmed annually or for some other period prescribed by law, increased to P1.070 trillion.

These include the Internal Revenue Allotment of local government units, pension of ex-president/ex-president widows, net lending, interest payments, and tax expenditures fund/customs duties and taxes.

The DBM also released some P50.254 billion in payments for retirement and life insurance premium requirements. This is inclusive of P3.09 billion for additional requirements for newly-created or -filled positions in various agencies.

Likewise, the DBM reported it has released P25.043 billion from the continuing appropriations of the 2018 budget for line departments and releases from SPFs.

Continuing appropriations refer to appropriations available to support obligations for a specified purpose or project, such as multi-year construction projects which require the incurrence of obligations beyond one fiscal year. 

Some P40.481 billion have also been distributed in terms of unprogrammed or standby appropriations which authorize additional agency expenditures for priority programs and projects when revenue collections exceed the resource targets or when additional grants or foreign funds are generated.

Allotments for other automatic appropriations, amounting to P25.766 billion, have also been released, the DBM added.

The agency said the immediate release will “ensure that national government agencies are able to swiftly implement their programs and projects, such as the construction of new roads, schools, and hospitals, and the protection and promotion of the welfare of the poor and marginalized sectors, among others.”

The DBM, along with other agencies comprising the administration’s economic team, had to play catch up after the passage of the 2019 budget got stalled.

It can be recalled that President Rodrigo Duterte only signed the budget in April this year after Congress failed to pass it on time over alleged illegal fund insertions.

The delayed passage of the budget was blamed for the slowdown in government spending and the country’s economic growth in the first six months of 2019.

DBM, pinahahanap ng dagdag na pondo para sa ikalawang bugso ng cash aid – Malakanyang

Robie de Guzman   •   May 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Inatasan na ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang Department of Budget and Management (DB M) na humanap ng dagdag na pondo para sa pamamahagi ng ikalawang bugso ng government cash aid sa ilalim ng Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, inutusan na ng pangulo si DBM Secretary Wendel Avisado na gumawa ng listahan ng mga ahensiyang maaaring pagkunan ng kinakailangang pondo para sa second tranche ng SAP.

Nasa 18 milyong mahihirap na pamilya sa bansa ang unang target na mabigyan ng ayuda sa ilalim ng government emergency subsidy program.

Aabot sa P205 milyon ang inilaang pondo para sa programa, batay sa nakasaad sa Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

Ngunit matapos ang pamamahagi ng unang batch ng pinansiyal na ayuda, nadagdagan pa ng limang milyon ang bilang ng pamilya na humihingi ng tulong mula sa pamahalaan dahil sa matinding hirap na dinaranas sa gitna ng COVID-19 crisis.

Inaprubahan na ng pangulo ang dagdag na benepisyaryo ng programa kaya’t kailangan ngayon ng pamahalaan ng dagdag na pondo para tustusan ito.

“Inaatasan niya si DBM Secretary Wendel Avisado, suriin niya ang mga budgetary allocations ng line agencies. Tingnan kung magkano ang pwedeng ma-realign dahil nais niya sana kung pwedeng bigyan lahat ng 23 million families ng ayuda ng 2nd tranche din,” ani Roque.

Una nang inamin ng administrasyong Duterte na paubos na ang pondo ng pamahalaan para sa COVID-19 response at hindi pa tiyak kung saan kukunin ang perang ipang-aayuda sa mga labis na naapektuhan ng krisis.

Nanawagan na rin ang pangulo sa liderato ng Kongreso na tumulong sa paghahanap ng pondo para sa mga programa ng gobyerno. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

P1.9-B released for DOH procurement of COVID-19 RT-PCR test kits – DBM

Robie de Guzman   •   April 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Friday said it has released more than P1.9 billion to the Department of Health (DOH) for the procurement of testing kits for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a statement, the DBM said it released a total of P1,912,500,000 to the DOH on April 15 for purchasing Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-COV-2) detection kits. 

The fund will cover detection kits for the 68 laboratories expected to be certified by the DOH in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and are estimated to conduct 918,000 tests.

The DBM said the released amount is charged against the pooled savings from discontinued unreleased appropriations consistent with Section 4(v) of Republic Act No. 11469, otherwise known as the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act”.

DBM releases P30.8B to cities, municipalities for COVID-19 fight

Robie de Guzman   •   April 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Monday said it has released P30.8 billion to boost the capacity of cities and municipalities in their fight against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a statement, the DBM said the Bayanihan Grant to Cities and Municipalities is a one-time financial assistance equivalent to a one-month 2020 Internal Revenue Allotment.

As provided for in Local Budget Circular No. 125 dated April 7, 2020, the grant should be “exclusively used” for the following COVID-19-related programs and expenses subject to existing procurement, budgeting, accounting, and auditing rules and regulations:

  • Procurement of personal protective equipment;
  • Procurement of equipment, reagents, and kits for COVID-19 testing;
  • Procurement of medicines and vitamins;
  • Procurement of hospital equipment and supplies;
  • Procurement of disinfectants, sprayers, disinfection tents and other disinfecting supplies and misting equipment;
  • Food, transportation (including fuel), and accommodation expenses of medical personnel and other LGU personnel directly involved in the implementation of
  • COVID-19-related programs, projects, and activities (PPAs);
  • Food assistance and other relief goods for affected households;
  • Expenses for the construction/repair/lease/rental of additional space/building to accommodate COVID-19 patients and persons under monitoring/investigation;
  • Expenses for the operation of stand-alone/mobile testing laboratory;
  • Expenses for the purchase/rental of tents for temporary shelters of the homeless;
  • Expenses for training of personnel in the conduct of COVID-19 testing and other related trainings; and
  • Other necessary COVID-19-related PPAs and expenses.

On the other hand, the department said that the following expenses are not covered by the grant:

  • Any form of financial/cash assistance;
  • Personal Services expenditures, such as salaries, wages, overtime pay and other personnel benefits;
  • Administrative expenses, such as supplies, meetings, communication, water and electricity, petroleum products, other general services, and the like;
  • Traveling expenses, whether domestic or foreign;
  • Registration or participation fees in training, seminars, conferences or conventions;
  • Purchase of administrative office’ furniture, fixtures, equipment or appliances;
  • Purchase, maintenance or repair of motor vehicles; and
  • Other PPAs and expenses not related to COVID-19.

“The released amount for the Bayanihan grant shall be used by the recipient cities and municipalities for the duration of the State of Calamity as declared by the President by virtue of Proclamation No. 929 dated 16 March 2020,” the DBM said.

Unutilized funds after the lifting of the State of Calamity shall be reverted to the National Treasury by the recipient cities and municipalities.

President Rodrigo Duterte placed the Philippines under a state of calamity last March 17 due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The whole island of Luzon is currently under an enhanced community quarantine until April 30 to curb the spread of coronavirus.

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