Lawmakers oppose DBM’s 2019 cash-based budget system

admin   •   August 9, 2018   •   3244

 

 

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

Recall of GAB may affect passage of proposed 2020 national budget – Rep. Ungab

Maris Federez   •   September 2, 2019

House Committee on Appropriations chairperson Isidro Ungab

A lawmaker expressed concern over a possible delay in the passage of the proposed 2020 national budget.

This is after Camarines Sur 2nd district representative Luis Raymund Villafuerte on August 28 recalled the filed General Appropriations Bill.

This came as a surprise to Davao 3rd district representative and House Committee on Appropriations chairperson Isidro Ungab.

Ungab said he had already written Villafuerte to inform him that Apo Production Unit and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) are already close to completing the printing of the GAB and that they are soon to start furnishing copies to the members of the House.

Congressman Ungab said amending the GAB will once again take too much time and resources and will delay the passage of the budget.

“If you change the GAB, you will be conducting another set of budget hearings so made-delay talaga. The general appropriations bill is a photocopy of the NEP it is the same budget,” Ungab insisted.

He added that changing the proposed budget that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) submitted will also cause doubt among their fellow lawmakers.

Villafuerte, on the other hand, said the filing of the proposed bill is still premature as the budget briefing is still on-going.

He reiterated that based on House rules, budget briefing must be completed first before the GAB is filed.

Villafuerte added that this is only a procedural matter and that it will not affect the timeline in passing the national budget.

“Parang ang pangit tingnan na di pa nga tapos, ipa-file na. Parang masyado namang nagmamadali. Tinatanggalan na kami ng power to hear or make suggestions [It might not look good to file (the bill) when (the briefing) is not yet finished. It’s as if we are doing things in haste. We are now being denied of the power to hear or make suggestions],” Villafuerte said.

The House had earlier promised to pass the proposed 2020 national budget before the first session break on October 4. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

Lawmakers ask for additional fund for TESDA in 2020 budget

Maris Federez   •   August 29, 2019

Several members of the House of Representatives are pushing for an increase in the budget of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) next year.

This will ensure that a larger number of Filipinos will be provided more job opportunities, whether locally or abroad.

From the original 2020 budget allocation of P19.9-billion for TESDA, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) only allotted P11.75-billion for the agency.

This prompted TESDA Director-General Isidro Lapena to appeal against such reduction to the House Committee on Appropriations during its deliberation on the said budget.

“We will appeal for more budget so that we can access and provide more assistance to more Filipinos. You cannot give a job or a livelihood without going through training,” he said.

Among the items in the proposed TESDA budget which the DBM reduced is the request for mobile training laboratories that will go to far-flung areas to provide training to those who are interested to take technical-vocational courses.

Of 63 mobile training laboratories requested, only 10 were approved by the DBM.

Lapena said the P11.8-B proposed budget for TESDA does not cover the funding for the implementation of the Tulong Trabaho Act and some other programs of the agency.

Bagong Henerasyon Partylist Representative Bernadette Herrera-Dy didn’t let this slide.

“There is a law na kailangang i-set aside ang pondo na ito [There is a law that seeks to set aside such budget]. So I’m wondering why it was slashed out by the DBM considering this was signed by the President,” she said.

RECOBODA Partylist Rep. Godofred Guya said, “Dapat siguro, Mr. Chair, baliktarin natin [I think, Mr. Chair, we have to reverse this]. We have to give more budget for skills training because if we are going to look out sa unemployed ang dami pa [to the (number of) unemployed, there is still a lot].”

The committee chair promised to consider the recommendation to increase the TESDA fund, which will be heard in the plenary session next month. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

Former Davao City administrator is new Budget chief

Marje Pelayo   •   August 6, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to newly appointed Budget Acting Secretary Wendel Avisado during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed a new secretary of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in the person of former Davao City Administrator Wendel Avisado.

Avisado will replace Janet Abuel who has been the acting secretary since the appointment of Benjamin Diokno as governor of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in March.

Known to be a close friend of the President, Avisado will oversee the budget for the second half of the Duterte administration.

Avisado served as presidential assistant 1 in the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Special Concerns.

He is the national president of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and has just returned from a trip to the United States as country representative at the World Boy Scout Jamboree. — with reports from Rosalie Coz

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