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

admin   •   August 6, 2014   •   8889

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)

NEDA urges Congress to pass 2020 budget before year ends

Robie de Guzman   •   August 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) on Thursday urged Congress to pass the P4.1 trillion proposed national budget on-time before the year ends to ensure the country’s economic growth.

NEDA director-general Ernesto Pernia made the call when he attended the first day of budget hearings by the House Committee on Appropriations earlier.

READ: House begins 2020 budget hearings

NEDA’s Pernia and other officials from the Department of Finance (DOF), Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) presented their budget proposals before the committee.

The Duterte administration’s economic managers expressed hope that the budget bill will be passed on time to meet the country’s economic target of 6.5 percent to 7.5 percent for this year up to 2020.

“We need at least 6.4 percent of economic growth for the second half of the year to meet our target of 6 percent in 2019. That is why we are hoping for a timely passage of the 2020 national budget so as not to derail next year’s economic growth,” Pernia said.

The NEDA official stressed the immediate approval of the budget to prevent the country’s economic growth from slowing down like what happened when the passage of the 2019 national budget got stalled due to alleged illegal fund insertions.

House leaders shared the NEDA chief’s sentiments and assured to endeavor the members to pass the budget at the right time.

House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez earlier said they are looking to hold marathon sessions for the proposed 2020 General Appropriations Act to ensure that it will be approved by October this year.

READ: House eyes holding marathon 2020 budget hearings

The lawmaker said the early passage will give the Senate ample time to scrutinize the budget approved by the House.

“Hopefully we can have a bicameral conference by early December, then approve the 2020 national budget before the year ends,” he said.

Romualdez also said that by September 12, the lower chamber would hold sessions on Thursdays and Fridays, past the regular schedule of Monday to Wednesday.

He added that the plenary session was also moved from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to give way to four budget hearings scheduled by the appropriations committee. (RRD with details from Joan Nano)

DOH Region 3: Over 100 Chinese workers, now dengue free

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 21, 2019

The Department of Health (DOH) Region 3 has reported that the over 100 Chinese workers who contracted dengue in Morong, Bataan are now free of the disease.

The Chief of the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit of DOH Region 3 Dr. Jessie Fantone said 69 of the Chinese workers have contracted dengue last March. The remaining 35 were reported to have contracted the diseases this August.

“All of them got well and wala namang namatay. Kaya lang noong pinuntahan namin iyong plant nila marami silang areas na stagnant water na breeding sites (There were no fatalities, but when we visited their plant, there was a lot of stagnant water which can be become breeding sites),” he said.

Meanwhile, cleaning operations continue at the barangay where the coal plant is located.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

BOC Zamboanga seizes smuggled rice and cigarettes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 21, 2019

Boxes of smuggled cigarettes intercepted by the BOC along Pangutaran, Sulu and Isabela City, Basilan on August 19, 2019 | Courtesy: BOC Zamboanga

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Zamobanga has seized smuggled rice and cigarettes on Monday (Aug 19) along Pangutaran, Sulu and Isabela City, Basilan, respectively.

Preliminary reports said authorities found various sacks of rice inside ML Nhardzrmar-2 while it was docked in Baliwasan Seaside, Zamboanga City. Meanwhile, the smuggled cigarettes were intercepted aboard MV Trisha Kirstin-1 of Aleson Shipping Lines.

The seized goods were turned over to the BOC.

Meanwhile, District Collector of the Port of Zamboanga collector Segundo Sigmundfreud Barte has commended continued efforts to fight against smuggling particularly on agricultural products and other anti-social goods.

“The seizure of cigarettes should serve as a warning to smugglers and manufacturers of fake cigarettes,” according to BOC’s press release.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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