Pagbusisi sa P2.606 trillion 2015 proposed national budget, sinimulan na ng House of Representatives

admin   •   August 6, 2014   •   9024

Sinimulan na ngayong araw ng Mababang Kapulungan ng Kongreso ang pagbusisi sa 2015 proposed National Budget at ang unang sumalang sa deliberasyon ang mga ahensiyang kabilang sa Development Budget Coordination Committee (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Mahigit dalawang trilyong pisong pambansang budget para sa susunod na taon ang sinimulang busisiin ng Mababang Kapulungan ng kongreso.

Sa unang pagdinig ng House Committee on Appropriations, unang sumalang  ang mga ahensyang kabilang sa Development Budget Coordinating Committee.

Ito ay ang National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department Of Finance (DOF), Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), National Treasury at Bureau Of Customs (BOC).

Unang ipineresenta ng NEDA sa 1st quarter palang ng taon, tumaas na ng 7.7% ang economic growth ng bansa maging ang employment rate. (4.4%)

Habang bumaba sa 24.9% ang poverty rate ng bansa ngayong taon mula sa 31.9% noong 2013.

Target naman ng NEDA na ibaba pa sa 19% ang poverty rate sa 2016.

Ayon kay DBM Sec. Florencio “Butch” Abad, ang proposed budget ngayon taon ay naka-focus sa pagpapalakas ng ekonomiya, paglikha ng mas maraming trabaho at paghahanda sa magiging epekto ng climate change gaya ng mga bagyo.

Binigyang daan din ng kahilim ang mga proyektong magbibigay solusyon sa pangunahing problema ng mga commuter.

Gaya ng pagbili ng dagdag na bagon para sa MRT-3 at pag-uupgrade ng LRT-1 at 2 sa susunod na taon.

Nangunguna pa rin sa may ahensya na may pinakamalaking budget sa susunod na taon ay ang:

  • Department of Education (DepEd ) – P364.9b
  • Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – P300.5b
  • Department of National Defense (DND) – P144b
  • Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) – P141.4b
  • Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – P108.9b
  • Department of Health (DOH) – P102.1b
  • Department of Agriculture (DA) – P88.8b
  • Department of Transportationa and Communications (DOTC) – P59.4b
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – P21.2b
  • Judiciary – P20.2b

Mahigit 40-billion pesos naman ng General Appropriations Act  o GAA ang napunta sa lumpsum appropriation sa

  • calamity fund
  • contingency fund
  • miscellaneous
  • pension guarantee fund
  • internal revenue allotment
  • debt service

Ang 98% ng P2.606t pesos ay galing sa tax and non-tax revenue habang ang 2% naman ay mula financing.

Sinula noong 2010, 16.9% na ang itinaas ng taunang pondo ng bansa.

Bukas, sa pagpapatuloy ng pagdinig ng House Committee on Appropriations sasalang ang Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)  at Department of Agrarian Reform (DAF) upang ipresenta sa kamara ang nilalaman ng kanilang panukalang pondo para sa susunod na taon. (Grace Casin, UNTV News)

DPWH: EDSA traffic congestion to be reduced by 20-30% in 2020

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 22, 2020

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the traffic congestion on EDSA might be reduced by 20-30% as several infrastructure projects are set to be completed by 2020.

The DPWH said that once the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 is completed by April, there would be a reduction of around 100,000 vehicles on EDSA.

This is apart from the 30,000 trucks set to be reduced once the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link Segment 10 opens in March.

“With the second half of this year, we will relieve EDSA of 20-30 percent. Malaki po ang (There is a lot of) improvement in EDSA and for the first year, starting this year and in subsequent years, we will see continued improvement along EDSA,” according to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.

The department official also believes that once all the infrastructure projects are completed, EDSA’s vehicle capacity might return to 280,000 vehicles. At present, there are around 400,000 vehicles plying along EDSA everyday.

“I can say at this point, we will deliver in the promise to bring back EDSA to its original capacity,” Villar said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

DOH monitors child from Wuhan, China who manifested flu-like symptoms

Robie de Guzman   •   January 21, 2020

Medical staff transfer patients to Jinyintan hospital where patients infected with a new strain of Coronavirus identified as the cause of the Wuhan pneumonia outbreak are treated in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, 20 January 2020. EPA-EFE/STRINGER

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday said it is monitoring the case of a five-year old boy with a history of travel to Wuhan, China for manifesting flu-like symptoms.

The child, who arrived in Cebu with his mother on January 12, was admitted in a hospital in Central Visayas after he manifested symptoms of respiratory illness such as fever, throat irritation and cough prior to entering the Philippines.

The DOH said the young boy is now in stable condition but still had cough.

Based on samples examined by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), the unnamed child tested negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Both diseases are caused by a family of viruses called coronavirus.

But he tested positive for a non-specific pancoronavirus assay, meaning that he is infected with a strain of coronavirus. The sample has been sent to a laboratory in Australia for further testing.

The DOH said the child will remain “a person under investigation” until they could get confirmatory results.

The Bureau of Quarantine is carrying out tracing of air passengers who may have come in contact with the boy during transit.

“We are reminding the airlines that the universal protective kit should be available anytime on board, the passenger locator card, the protocol on handling cases on board and of course reporting of cases on board to the ground crew,” Bureau of Quarantine director, Dr. Ferdinand Salcedo said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said novel coronavirus causes respiratory infections which may develop into severe cases such as pneumonia, acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and death if left untreated.

Coronavirus, which is a large group of viruses common among animals, may be transmitted through contact with an infected person.

“We are not sure of the source of the virus whether it came from animal or meat and other source. We believe that maybe human-to-human transmission,” WHO Country Representative Rabindra Abeyasinghe said.

The DOH said they are also monitoring three other individuals who manifested flu-like symptoms upon their arrival at the Kalibo International Airport.

The agency said all three travelers, reportedly Chinese nationals, are currently well and are no longer exhibiting any symptoms.

All hospitals and medical facilities in the country have been alerted about cases of coronavirus.

The WHO said there are 222 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus – majority of them are from China while others were from Thailand, Japan and South Korea.

The new strain of coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

The DOH advised the public to always practice frequent handwashing, avoid crowded places and contact with infected person and to thoroughly cook food, especially meat and dairy products. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

Only 8 barangays in Tagaytay under mandatory evacuation, DILG clarifies

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 21, 2020

The Department of the Inteior and Local Government (DILG) has clarified that only eight barangays are covered by the mandatory evacuation.

In a statement, the DILG said the order to implement a mandatory evacuation in eight barangays in Tagaytay City is based on the recommendation of the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).

“Both the DILG and NDRRMC acted upon the strong representations of the PHIVOLCS that these barangays are susceptible to volcanic tsunami, ballistic projectiles, and base surge. So, as early as Monday, we already issued the mandatory evacuation order,” said DILG undersecretary and spokesperson, Jonathan Malaya.

The eight barangays from Tagaytay are Bagong Tubig, Kaybagal South (Pob)., Maharlika West, Sambong, San Jose, Silang Junction South, Maharlika East, and Tolentino East.

“We are not the scientific experts here, its the DOST. So, until and unless PHIVOLCS removes these eight barangays from the list of susceptible barangays, the DILG has no choice but to insist that mandatory evacuation should be implemented immediately,” he added.

Malaya reiterated that the mandatory evacuation does not cover all barangays in Tagaytay City. He also said that business establishments in other areas in city may continue their operation.—AAC

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