Sen. Lacson wants proposed projects by legislators scrapped off national budget

admin   •   August 30, 2016   •   4027

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The Senate Committee on Finance has started looking into the 3.353 trillion proposed national budget for next year.

This is alongside the budget deliberations happening also at the House of Representatives.

At the hearing on Tuesday , Sen. Panfilo Lacson questioned the 80 million per congressman budget that is included in the National Expenditure Program (NEP).

He said, though the Supreme Court earlier struck down the Priority Development Assistance Fund or PDAF for its unconstitutionality, still various legislators proposed projects to be funded through the national budget.

However, Department of Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno does not see any conflict in it.

“It is part of their job to bring some bacon to their districts. That’s part of their job,” Sec. Diokno argued.

Lacson insisted that this violates the law because only the executive department can prepare the NEP and it cannot be re-allocated by Congress.

Sec. Diokno, however, maintained that congressmen are allowed to propose budget for their constitutients.

“I know the Supreme Court has made it very clear, post-operative meaning after the law has been passed, it cannot be done. But in NEP, it is still not yet finished,” Diokno said.

Sen. Lacson, on the other hand, believes that in order to avoid law violations, budget allocations initiated by legislators should be re-aligned to other projects.

“That should be scrapped and should be re-appropriated to agencies so that legislators would not meddle to the function of the executive,” said. Sen. Lacson.

He said it can be appropriated to local government units or LGU’s that receive the least share in the national budget.

The Senate Committee on Finance will continue its briefing on the proposed 3.35 million 2017 national budget tomorrow. — Joyce Balancio | UNTV News & Rescue

DBM releases P827 million to replenish quick response fund of gov’t agencies

Robie de Guzman   •   December 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Wednesday said it has released a total of P827.18 million to frontline agencies for the replenishment of their respective Quick Response Fund (QRF), in line with the recent onslaught of Typhoon Odette.

In a statement, the DBM said these agencies include the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) with P139.68 million, Philippine National Police (PNP) with P25.0 million and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with P662.50 million.

The budget department said the total funding requirement was charged from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund, or commonly known as “calamity fund”.

“This can be used for aid, relief and rehabilitation services for communities affected by natural calamities, among others,” it added.

The DBM said the QRF is a built-in standby fund in selected agencies, which can be tapped to immediately address the adverse effects and damages brought about by catastrophes and crises.

When the QRF gets depleted, the concerned agencies may request for augmentation of funds to the DBM through a special budget request and subject to the approval of the Office of the President, it added.

In total, the DBM said it has released P2.83 billion as of December 27, 2021 to both national and local governments to fund their respective programs and projects intended to assist areas hard-stricken by Typhoon Odette.

Additional P1 billion released to LGUs hit by Odette – DBM

Robie de Guzman   •   December 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Wednesday said it has released an additional P1 billion to local government units (LGU) in areas devastated by Typhoon Odette.

In a statement the DBM said the additional budget was released to the following areas to aid them in addressing the damage caused by Typhoon Odette:

  • Region IV-B (P84.38 million)
  • Region VI (P248.35 million)
  • Region VII (P202.66 million)
  • Region VIII (P115.43 million)
  • Region X (P84.37 million)
  • Region XIII (264.81 million

“The allocations for the respective regions were computed based on the number of affected households and on the proportionate amount of damages incurred by Typhoon Odette on the region’s infrastructure and agricultural sectors, as recently reported by the Department of Social Welfare and Development,” the department said.

“The total funding requirement was also charged from the FY 2021 Contingent Fund and shall similarly be downloaded to the respective authorized government servicing banks of the LGUs by the Bureau of the Treasury,” it added.

The latest release follows the initial P1 billion released by the DBM last week after President Rodrigo Duterte promised to give more funds to LGUs affected by the calamity.

Overall, the department has released P2.0 billion to assist hard-stricken LGUs.

The DBM said it will issue a local budget circular to provide guidelines on the release and use of the financial assistance.

2022 national budget, lalagdaan ni Pangulong Duterte sa Dec. 28 – DBM

Robie de Guzman   •   December 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Posibleng pirmahan na ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa Martes, Disyembre 28, ang P5.024 trilyong national budget para sa taong 2022, ayon kay acting Budget Secretary Tina Rose Marie Canda.

“If I’m not mistaken, it will be signed tomorrow afternoon,” ani Canda sa isang panayam.

Naniniwala ang budget official na kaunting line items lang ang ivi-veto ng pangulo sa budget measure.

“Pero it’s very few if I’m not mistaken, kasi parang maganda yung mga naipasok ng mga legislators doon sa budget,” ani Canda.

Samantala, P6 bilyong halaga ng pondo ang ilalaan ng gobyerno bago matapos ang taong 2021 para tulungan ang mga biktima ng bagyong Odette.

Aabot sa P1 bilyon ang unang inilabas na pondo ng pamahalaan noong Biyernes, at P1 bilyong piso muli ngayong Lunes. Ang nalalabing halaga ay ilalabas bago matapos ang taon.

“Tapos maglalabas din kami bago matapos ang taon ng 4 na bilyon na ayuda para sa mga local government units na ipahahatid naman nila sa mga mamamayang naapektuhan ng bagyong Odette,” ani Canda.

Oras na mapirmahan ang 2022 national budget, maaari na ring magamit ang pondo para sa mga biktima ng bagyo sa Enero.

Nasa P4 bilyon ang nakalaan para rito sa 2022 national budget.

Isa sa mga dahilan kung bakit napabilis ang pag-apruba ng kongreso sa spending plan sa susunod na taon ay bunsod ng pinsala ng typhoon odette sa ilang bahagi ng bansa. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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