Tiwala ni Pangulong Aquino sa pamilya Abad, nananatili — Malacañan
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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)
MANILA, Philippines – Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Wendel Avisado on Friday raised the need to increase the 15-percent limitation on advance payments on the contract amount for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines amid government preparations for the roll-out of its inoculation plans.
Avisado said raising the down payment limit will “ensure the timely and efficient implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination plan.”
Memorandum Order No. 172, s. 2005 only allows advance payment not exceeding 15% of the contract amount for procurement of goods required to address contingencies arising from natural or man-made calamities in areas where a “State of Calamity” has been declared by appropriate authorities.
Avisado said the government is presently experiencing difficulties in negotiating with various pharmaceutical companies due to the limitations imposed under existing laws.
“…Currently, pwede ka lang magbayad o mag advance payment hanggang 15%… Ang gusto ng mga pharmaceutical industries, bayaran mo na… I-aadvance mo na ang payment bago ma-ideliver… In other words, talagang tatalunin tayo ng mga mayayamang bansa,” Avisado said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Avisado called for greater patience and understanding from the public regarding the vaccine procurement process.
He stressed that the government cannot divulge specific details on its negotiations with pharmaceutical companies—such as prices and the manners of delivery—as both parties are bound by a confidentiality agreement.
However, he assured that all of the transactions made by the government remain legitimate and honest.
The government is also committed to ensure the safe and timely procurement, transportation, and administration of COVID-19 vaccines despite all of the limitations and challenges, he added.
“Bigyan natin ng pagkakataon naman ang ating pamahalaan na makalap muna at makakuha ng vaccine. Kasi hindi pa man nangyayari yan, ay katakot-takot na batikos ang naririnig natin, meron po mga pamamaraan dyan, kung saan makikita’t makikita natin kung meron talagang kalokohan,” Avisado said.
The DBM chief also reassured the public that the budget for the said vaccines has already been allocated and is now ready for release.
He likewise welcomed and acknowledged the efforts of various local government units across the country for complementing and cooperating with the national government in its efforts to secure the much-needed vaccines.
“Meron tayong pondo dyan…. P82.5B ang inilaan ng ating pamahalaan. Wag po tayong mag worry. Nakikipagtulungan ang mga local government units natin at sila din ay handa na bumili sa abot ng kanilang makakaya. We appreciate that very much po,” Avisado said.
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
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