DBM submits P4.1 trillion proposed 2020 national budget to Congress

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 20, 2019   •   901

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has submitted the proposed 2020 national budget to the House of Representatives on Tuesday (Aug 20).

Majority of the proposed budget will go to the Department of Education (Deped), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Meanwhile, over P622 billion budget will be allotted to the anti-insurgency program.

The DBM said the proposed budget is 12% higher compared to the 2019 national budget. The 2020 national budget is also the highest budget in the country’s history.

According to DBM acting Secretary Wendel Avisado, the proposed budget will prioritize the implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) program, the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program and the smooth transition of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

“This budget will sustain and continue our journey to a more peaceful and progressive Philippines,” he said.

The House Committee on Appropriations will begin deliberating on the proposed national budget on Thursday (Aug 22). They also target to approve its passage before the first session break on October 4.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano assured there will be no ‘pork barrel’ inserted in the proposed budget.

“The budget of the president is equitable and remember hihimayin pa natin ito (We will still deliberate on this),” he said.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

SAP will no longer be funded under proposed 2021 national budget —DBM

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 9, 2020

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said there will be no budget to be allotted for the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) under the proposed 2021 National Budget.

DBM Secretary Wendel Avisado said they expect the economy to recover next year with additional job opportunities available.

He also clarified that there will still be an allotted budget for the regular programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“We’re looking at the improvement in the economy and the opportunity for people to be able to work already. And we still have the regular programs, the 4Ps your honor, that will be continued,” he said on Wednesday (September 9) during a Senate hearing.

Under the proposed P4.5 trillion budget, P171 billion will be allotted to the DSWD. AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

House leadership targets to ready 2021 national budget before end of November

Marje Pelayo   •   August 31, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Lawmakers at the House of Representatives (HOR) are set to deliberate on the proposed 2021 national budget of 4.506 trillion pesos this week.

Members of the Development Budget Coordination Committee including Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Acting Economic Planning Secretary Karl Chua, and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno are among the invited resource persons.

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said they are targeting to enact the proposed budget before the end of November this year. If that happens, it will be record-breaking.

“It’s a very ambitious schedule to send it right away to the Senate because we hope that, for the first time in history, if I’m not mistaken, we can sign the budget maybe late November or mid-November as a sign of unity by our country,” Speaker Cayetano said.

The deliberations on the proposed budgets for various government agencies are set on the following dates:

Sept. 7 – Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), and Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corporation (PAGCOR)

Sept. 8 – Department of National Defense (DND), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 

Sept. 9-  Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)

Sept 10. – Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Tourism (DOT), and Department of Agriculture (DA).

Sept 11 – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 

Sept 14 – The Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), and Department of Health (DOH)

Sept 15 –  Office of the President (OP), Office of the Vice President (OVP), Department of Transportation (DOTr), and Department of Education (DepEd) 

The top departments with the highest allocations include:

DEPED / CHED /TESDA – P754.4B

DPWH – P667.3B

DILG – P246.1B

DND – P209.1B

DOH – P203.1B

DSWD P171.2B

DOTR – P143.6B

DA – P66.4B

JUDICIARY – P43.5B

DOLE – P27.5B

All hearings will be streamed live through the HOR’s social media accounts. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

DBM submits proposed P4.5-T proposed national budget to Congress

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 26, 2020

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has submitted the Fiscal Year 2021 National Expenditure Program (NEP) of P4.506 trillion to Congress.

The 2021 proposed National Budget is 9.9% higher compared with this year’s ₱4.1-trillion appropriations.

The DBM said the proposed budget went through numerous hearings and consultations with different government agencies. The theme of the proposed budget, according to the department, is “Reset, Rebound, and Recover: Investing for Resiliency and Sustainability”.

Personnel Services will corner the bulk of the FY 2021 NEP at 29.2% or P1.32 trillion to accommodate the additional hiring of health workers under the Human Resource for Health Program of the Department of Health (DOH) amid the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“The FY 2021 NEP will prioritize health-related COVID-19 response programs to address the continuing threat of the pandemic,” the DBM said in a statement.

This also includes the second tranche implementation of the Salary Standardization law, and the increased pension requirements of military and uniformed personnel.

Capital outlays has the second highest with P920.5 billion or 20.4% of the proposed budget. Maintenance, Operating and Other Expenditures will amount to P699.4 billion, Debt Burden with P560.2 billion, Support to Government-Owned and -Controlled Corporations with P157.5 billion, and Tax Expenditures with P14.5 billion.

Meanwhile, the Department of Education (DepEd) remains the top agency with the biggest slice from the proposed budget, with an allocation of P754.4 billion. This is followed by DPWH with a proposed budget of P667.3 billion.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has a proposed budget of P246.1 billion, the Department of National Defense (DND) with P209.1 billion, the DOH with P203.1 billion (including the budget for the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation). AAC

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