2015 budget - updates

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Aquino pushes for FOI bill a day after SONA

Jul 28, 2015 - 6:16 PM

While President Aquino was silent on the freedom of information bill – one of his campaign promises – in his last SONA he mentions it in his 2016 budget message to Congress

FINALLY. It may have come too late but President Benigno Aquino III finally urged Congress to pass the Freedom of Information law to ensure permanency of transparency reforms. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Looking into the food system of PH inmates

Apr 16, 2015 - 11:00 PM

Nelson Mandela once said that no one knows a nation until one has been inside its jails What will the food system inside prisons and jails say about the Philippines?

Budget needed: PH has 1 dentist per 70,000 public school pupils

Mar 02, 2015 - 9:25 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto suggests cutting down on allocations for less important things in the budgets of other agencies to allow an increase in the dental budget

Fulfilling promises: Aquino’s priorities in 2015

Jan 02, 2015 - 9:30 AM

President Benigno Aquino III wants the work of his administration to be felt by the people – something he believes can be achieved by reducing poverty increasing social protection mitigating effects of calamities and serving justice

Malacañang file photo

Top beneficiaries of 2015 budget: DepEd, DPWH, DND

Dec 23, 2014 - 3:13 PM

All 3 enjoy a rise from their 2014 allocations as the administration focuses on rebuilding classrooms repairing roads and modernizing the military

SECTORAL ALLOCATION. DepEd, DPWH and DND get the biggest allocation from the 2015 budget. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino signs P2.6-trillion 2015 budget

Dec 23, 2014 - 10:50 AM

This marks the 5th time in his presidency that the budget is promptly signed into law

Congress ratifies P2.6T budget for 2015

Dec 15, 2014 - 5:31 PM

UPDATED Under the Aquino administration Congress has consistently passed the budget on time which prevents the complications of having re enacted budgets for which past administrations were notorious for

POWER OF THE PURSE. File photo of lawmakers and cabinet secretaries chat during a break in the committee hearing on the proposed P22.46 supplemental budget for 2014. Photo by Rappler

After DAP: 2015 budget redefines savings

Dec 12, 2014 - 11:38 AM

The 2015 budget bill provides the executive branch with greater flexibility in managing funds after the Supreme Court previously ruled 3 schemes under the Disbursement Acceleration Program unconstitutional

SATISFIED: Budget Secretary Butch Abad. Rappler photo

Bicam OKs P2.6T 2015 budget; adopts compromise on 'savings'

Dec 10, 2014 - 1:57 PM

UPDATED Both the Senate and the House of Representatives are gearing to ratify the budget bill next week and later submit it to Malacañang for the President s signature

BICAM: Senators and representatives reconcile their versions of the 2015 budget

P22.46B supplemental budget okayed at committee level

Dec 09, 2014 - 4:50 PM

UPDATED This is expected to fund pending projects under the defunct Disbursement Acceleration Program the abolished Priority Development Assistance Fund and post Typhoon Yolanda rehabilitation efforts

POWER OF THE PURSE. Lawmakers and cabinet secretaries chat during a break in the committee hearing on the proposed P22.46 supplemental budget for 2014. Photo by Rappler

Senate, House eye compromise on savings definition in budget

Dec 04, 2014 - 2:20 PM

The bicameral conference committee approves in principle a definition that allows the declaration of savings before the end of the fiscal year – but only under specific circumstances

OPEN AND TRANSPARENT? Media were allowed in the bicameral conference committee discusses the 2015 budget

'Savings' trouble in bicam? Level heads will prevail – Escudero

Nov 28, 2014 - 9:08 AM

The two chambers of Congress will need to reconcile their versions of the 2015 budget – and their definition of ‘savings’

‘IMPROVED’ BUDGET. Senator Francis Escudero, chairman of the Senate Finance committee, is confident both chambers of Congress won’t have any problems when the bicameral conference committee meets to reconcile their versions of the 2015 budget. Photo by Albert Calvelo/PRIB

Escudero: DILG budget won't help Roxas' 2016 'bid'

Nov 27, 2014 - 8:39 PM

Responding to critics Senator Francis Escudero says using an informal settlers relocation program to boost one’s chances in 2016 doesn’t make sense

NOT FOR 2016? DILG chief Mar Roxas speaks to ISF from Pasay city. File photo courtesy of the DILG

Senate approves P2.6T budget for 2015

Nov 26, 2014 - 7:36 PM

The budget bill now proceeds to the bicameral conference committee to reconcile the versions of the Senate and the House of Representatives

PASSED ON 3RD READING: Senator Francis Escudero meets own deadline to pass P2.6T budget for 2015. Senate file photo

Binay, Marcos grill DILG over mandate, big-budget programs

Nov 25, 2014 - 7:07 PM

Senators stop short of saying the DILG under Liberal Party s Manuel Roxas II is using big ticket programs to favor local governments headed by his allies

NO POLITICS. The DILG defends itself and its chief from insinuations that some of its programs are beyond its mandate. File photo of Sec Mar Roxas from the DILG

Miriam hits lopsided budget for DILG, other agencies

Nov 24, 2014 - 7:47 PM

The senator says the proposed 2015 national budget gives much more money to agencies with grassroots connections even if the projects are outside their mandates

'SLOPPY, EMBARASSING.' Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago holds nothing back in criticizing the proposed 2015 budget. File photo by Rappler

Redefinition of 'savings' can lead to corruption – Miriam

Nov 24, 2014 - 5:43 PM

The senator says the broad and lax definition of savings in the proposed 2015 budget – pushed for by Malacañang and adopted by the House – is a dangerous minefield leading to corruption

'MINEFIELD': Senator Miriam Santiago says the new definition of savings is a dangerous minefield to corruption. Rappler file photo

Recto wants post-budget document that tracks implementation

Nov 18, 2014 - 8:52 PM

Senate Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says agencies should be required to report the execution of previously funded projects using the same line item format of the General Appropriations Act

BUDGET DOCUMENTS. Consisting of nine documents, budget documents measure almost one-foot thick and weigh around 11 kilos. Photo by Angela Casauay/Rappler.com

House approves P2.6T budget for 2015

Oct 29, 2014 - 6:39 PM

The budget bill allows Malacañang to declare savings in any agency at any given time of the year It also represents the largest budget to be approved in the lead up to a national election

APPROVED. The House of Representatives passes the proposed P2.606 trillion national budget for 2015 on Wednesday, October 29. Photo by Rappler

Tap cash transfer to feed more public school kids – Recto

Oct 29, 2014 - 6:30 AM

Senate Pro Tempore Ralph Recto questions why the DSWD s conditional cash transfer program is increasing overhead costs and not for its feeding program

EASING HUNGER. Filipino children eat their meals during a feeding program initiated by a child advocates group to fight malnutrion and hunger (27 March 2009). Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Just errata? DBM inserts new items in 2015 budget - Bayan Muna

Oct 27, 2014 - 8:34 PM

Among the insertions identified by the party list group is P423 billion for the Department of the Interior and Local Government which is headed by the ruling party s presumed standard bearer in the 2016 elections

P251-M budget for APECO? 'Waste of money' – Osmeña

Oct 21, 2014 - 7:45 PM

Senator Sergio Osmeña III says the economic zone in Aurora province should only get caretaker fund of P48 5M for its failure to bring its promised economic growth

DBM withdraws errata for 2015 budget

Oct 02, 2014 - 6:55 PM

Party list lawmakers have suspected that the errata submitted by the budget department could be midnight insertions in what they call an election budget

House passes P2.6T budget for 2015 on 2nd reading

Sep 27, 2014 - 12:22 AM

Lawmakers work overtime to beat their deadline to pass the proposed budget for 2015 before Congress pauses for a 3 week break

Climate change research suffers from DOST budget cut

Sep 25, 2014 - 6:24 PM

One of the research initiatives that will experience a setback is a facility to simulate future weather in the country to study its effects on agriculture flora and fauna

No funds for cha-cha, Bangsamoro in Comelec's 2015 budget

Sep 05, 2014 - 2:53 PM

Funds for recall elections and voter s registration have been slashed as well But Comelec s proposed 2015 budget is nearly 6 times higher than its 2014 budget mainly for the 2016 poll preparations

COA decries massive budget cut for 2015

Sep 01, 2014 - 9:30 PM

The Commission on Audit asks for P838 million for capital outlay and other projects meant to ensure its independence; the DBM only approves P405 000

APPEAL. Commission on Audit officials face lawmakers in a budget briefing before the House committee on appropriations on September 1, 2014. Photo by Angela Casauay/Rappler

Supreme Court deserves higher budget – Recto

Sep 01, 2014 - 4:02 PM

The senator asks his colleagues to go through the High Court s original wish list and restore what the Executive has cut from its proposed budget for 2015

JDF hearings on hold as House scrutinizes budget

Aug 29, 2014 - 5:17 PM

Should the jurisdiction over the construction of halls of justice be transferred from the Department of Justice to the Supreme Court?

Recto dares gov't: Pour more funds in 'health bucket'

Aug 29, 2014 - 9:38 AM

Senator Ralph Recto commends the increase in the government s proposed health spending for 2015 but says more funding is still needed

Gov’t aims to reverse deforestation trend in 2014

Aug 28, 2014 - 5:18 PM

In 2014 the size of forested land may be able to match the size of denuded land reversing a more than two decade old trend

DISAPPEARING FORESTS. In the Philippines, forests are often cleared to make way for agricultural land

Lawmakers question PNP budget ‘cut’ in 2015

Aug 28, 2014 - 10:43 AM

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas admits the PNP can use more funds and says Congress can allocate more for the agency if deemed necessary

LOWER 2015 PNP BUDGET. The Philippine National Police will get less funds in 2015, under its proposed budget. File photo courtesy of the PNP PIO

Senators to Palace: Choose between Pangilinan and Alcala

Aug 19, 2014 - 8:43 PM

Senators say having two secretaries poor infrastructure and low investment in research led to the dismal performance of the agriculture sector

DAP ruling, court orders causing underspending?

Aug 19, 2014 - 4:14 PM

Senate President Frank Drilon and economic managers say the Supreme Court s decision on DAP and restraining orders on government projects affect growth

ADDRESSING UNDERSPENDING. Budget Secretary Florencio Abad tells senators the administration is working to boost spending even without DAP. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

Power of the purse? Senators to check lump sums

Aug 16, 2014 - 11:00 AM

Lump sums social services and the budgets of K to 12 and the RH law are just some of the topics senators plan to check as the budget deliberations begin

Indonesia budget highlights fuel subsidy challenge

Aug 15, 2014 - 8:26 PM

Subsidies are historically a tense political issue in Indonesia where fuel price hikes to reduce the payouts have been met with massive protests

SUBSIDIZED FUEL. Subsidies in Indonesia, including for fuel, are expected to cost $31.3 billion in 2015, around 18 percent of the total draft budget submitted to parliament. File photo by EPA

Cha-cha to clip SC powers? No comment, Court says

Aug 14, 2014 - 8:16 PM

Deputy Court Administrator Raul Villanueva says during the House budget hearing that the increase in the Court s 2015 budget is only enough to cover inflation

FACE OFF. Deputy Court Administrator Raul Villanueva and Supreme Court Justice Diosdado Peralta attend the briefing for the 2015 proposed budget at the House of Representatives, 14 August 2014. Photo by Rappler

Comelec's proposed 2015 budget jumps to P16.8B

Aug 13, 2014 - 12:23 PM

From the amount P3 76 billion will be used to buy more PCOS machines for the 2016 polls to augment the units currently in Comelec s inventory

DAR's budget cut in half, but 'enough' to meet targets

Aug 07, 2014 - 7:06 PM

There are big reductions in the department s budget for land distribution support services and agrarian justice delivery

AGRARIAN REFORM. With time ticking for agrarian reform, can the DAR make do with its significantly reduced 2015 budget? Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Abad: Redefined savings in 2015 budget 'cures' SC DAP ruling

Aug 06, 2014 - 3:47 PM

The proposed 2015 General Appropriations Act seeks to allow the president to declare as savings funds for projects that have not started by mid year and to realign such funds

Proposed 2015 budget has an Open Data provision

Aug 01, 2014 - 10:53 PM

Although applicable only to the year covered by the particular budget it nevertheless requires gov t offices to share datasets that have been processed using public funds

Help watch the national budget!

Aug 01, 2014 - 5:36 PM

Help make sure that the public money does not fall into the wrong hands

Nancy Binay to file bill vs ‘forced savings’

Jul 31, 2014 - 2:02 PM

Senator Nancy Binay wants to file a bill holding agencies liable for the implementation of projects they proposed under the national budget

Aquino gets P500-B in lump sum funds in proposed 2015 budget

Jul 30, 2014 - 8:00 PM

The special purpose funds mostly allocated upon the President s discretion make up almost a third of the P2 6 trillion proposed national budget for next year

Aquino administration eyes higher budget for 2015

Jul 11, 2014 - 9:03 PM

As presented by Budget Secretary Florencio Butch Abad the cabinet is eyeing a proposed budget of P2 606 trillion for 2015 15 higher than the 2014 budget