Tiwala ni Pangulong Aquino sa pamilya Abad, nananatili — Malacañan
admin • June 5, 2014 • 2601
FILE PHOTO: (L-R) Department of Budget and Management Sec. Florencio ‘Butch’ Abad and President Benigno Aquino III (UNTV News)
MANILA, Philippines – Muling ipinagkibit-balikat ng Malacañan ang panawagan ng ilang grupo na imbestigahan ang pagkakasama ni Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio Butch Abad sa listahan ng mga umano’y sangkot sa pork barrel scam noong ito ay kinatawan pa ng Batanes.
Sinabi ni Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda sa press briefing sa Malacañan na walang ebidensyang nagtuturo na sangkot o nakinabang ang kalihim sa kanyang PDAF.
“He can choose to believe or not believe. The question is where’s the evidence? And the evidence pointed out by Napoles was that there was a SARO from Batanes Electric Cooperative. There was no SARO,” pahayag ni Lacierda.
Dagdag ng Palasyo, nananatili pa rin ang tiwala ni Pangulong Aquino sa pamilya Abad sa kabila ng mga batikos sa kanila at isa na rito angumano’y halos kontrolado na ng mga Abad ang kasalukuyang administrasyon dahil marami silang hawak na matataas na posisyon sa pamahalaan.
“But if you look at Secretary Butch Abad, he has long experience in governance. Look at Secretary Julia Abad, she has been the chief of staff of the president since the president was a senator. So you have competence, you have confidence,” pahayag pa ng kalihim.
Sa kasalukuyan, bukod sa executive positions na hawak nila Secretary Butch at anak nitong si Secretary Julia, ang asawa nito na si Henedina Razon-Abad ay congresswoman ng Batanes, habang ang isa pa nitong anak na si Luis Abad ay chief of staff naman ngayon ni Secretary Purisima ng Finance Department. (Nel Maribojoc / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said there will be no budget to be allotted for the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) under the proposed 2021 National Budget.
DBM Secretary Wendel Avisado said they expect the economy to recover next year with additional job opportunities available.
He also clarified that there will still be an allotted budget for the regular programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
“We’re looking at the improvement in the economy and the opportunity for people to be able to work already. And we still have the regular programs, the 4Ps your honor, that will be continued,” he said on Wednesday (September 9) during a Senate hearing.
Under the proposed P4.5 trillion budget, P171 billion will be allotted to the DSWD. AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)
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
MANILA, Philippines — The national government has shed a total amount of P374.89 billion on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, according President Rodrigo Duterte during the recent pre-SONA forum.
The largest chunk, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), was spent on programs designed to strengthen the country’s health sector and relief assistance to those who were affected by the lockdowns.
Still, the DBM maintained that the government has enough budget to sustain its COVID-19 response.
“Mayroon pong sapat na pondo ang ating pamahalaan upang tugunan at labanan ang patuloy na pananalasa ng COVID-19 pandemic po sa ating bansa (Our government has enough budget to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country),” assured DBM Secretary Wendell Avisado.
Meanwhile, the government has raised around P5.28 billion US dollars budgetary financing support from development partners apart from the P126.36 million U.S dollars from ongoing financing for COVID-19 response projects.
The Duterte Cabinet stressed the need to open the economy in Metro Manila and the CALABARZON region in order for the country’s overall economy to gradually recover considering that 67 percent of the country’s economy depends on these two regions.
However, they emphasized the public’s important role in economic recovery, thus strict compliance with the government’s minimum health standards to curb the spread of COVID-19 is critical.
“It is vital that the economies of these regions reopen. The reality is, this virus won’t go away until a vaccine is found. In the meantime, we have to go back to work, while staying safe,” noted Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, meanwhile, urged the public to be vigilant and responsible to avoid being infected with the deadly virus.
“Each and every Filipino needs to be very vigilant. We should all continue observing social distancing, and other public health measures such as wearing masks, and frequent washing of hands to protect each other’s health and well-being,” he said.
“We must act responsibly,” he concluded. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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