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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 26, 2020   •   383

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

DBM chief Avisado goes on medical leave; gets slammed by Bayan Muna amid ayuda concerns

Maris Federez   •   August 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Wendel E. Avisado goes on medical leave from August 02 to 13, 2021.

A statement released on Sunday (August 1) read that this is following the DBM chief’s recent bout with COVID-19 where he was hospitalized for 8 days and quarantined for over a month.

The decision was also based upon the advice of his doctor to undertake a series of examinations as it has been 14 years, the statement said, since he had undergone a quadruple open heart bypass.

To ensure that services of the Department remain unhampered, Undersecretary Tina Rose Marie L. Canda will serve as Officer-in-Charge during this period, the statement further read.

The DBM assured that it will remain “steadfast and committed to its mandate of promoting the efficient and effective management of the national budget to support its budget priorities especially in the midst of the pandemic.”

Meanwhile, Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate slammed Avisado for taking a medical leave amid a stricter lockdown as Metro Manila and several provinces and cities are placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) starting Aug. 6.

“Just the other day Secretary Avisado said that he was still trying to find funds for the much-needed ayuda and awaited only a clear directive from President. Was such directive already given?” Zarate asked. “Was he able to find the budget to help our people before the ECQ is implemented?”

The lawmaker also asked the DBM for the 2022 budget proposal, stressing that the pandemic will very likely continue beyond 2021.

“Also, Congress still awaits the executive’s budget proposal for 2022 from the DBM. Is it done already? There is a need to immediately tackle the budget as we are still in the middle of a raging, surging pandemic; we must all act with urgency. This is also the reason why we are pushing for the fast-tracking of the Bayanihan 3 so that funds can be allotted for aid, ASAP,” he said.

“The Bayanihan 3 should be separate, supplemental budget this year. It should not be included in the 2022 budget proposal because our affected people need the ayuda now,” he added.

Zarate also proposed the sourcing of financial aid from the National Budget Circular 586 and the P4.5 billion presidential confidential and intelligence funds for the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, in case there is still a lack of funds for financial assistance.

DBM releases P9B for special risk allowance of health workers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P9.02 billion budget for the special risk allowance (SRA) of health workers who are exposed to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a statement, the DBM said it already released the budget to the Department of Health (DOH) to qualified public and private health workers can expect the payment of the SRA not later than June 30. The said funds covers the payment of the SRA not exceeding P5,000 per month from December 20, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

“The DBM is committed to fulfill 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 are met, especially of healthcare workers in this time of pandemic,” the DBM said.

The SRA is under the Administrative Order No. 42, s. 2021, issued by President Rodrigo Duterte. This is to continue the SRA distribution to public and private health workers who were catering or are in direct contact with COVID-19 patients. AAC

DBM releases COVID-19 response fund

Maris Federez   •   May 5, 2021

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.”

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