2017 budget - updates

Rappler's latest stories on 2017 budget


Lacson seeks more scrutiny of surge in Duterte's intel funds

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:08 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says Congress can decrease the Office of the President's confidential and intelligence funds for 2019 if the increase is not justified

The Senate conducts a hearing on SAF allowances on May 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Agriculture department reports 94.6% use of 2017 budget

May 03, 2018 - 4:29 PM

Department of Agriculture-Cagayan Valley topped regional offices in budget utilization for 2017, says Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol

BUDGET REVIEW. Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol (2nd from right) leads the quarterly budget review of his agency on May 2, 2018. Photo from the Facebook page of Manny Pinol, photo taken by DA staff

These gov't workers will get P40B in yearend bonuses, cash gifts

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Starting November 15, every qualified government employee will receive a yearend bonus amounting to one month basic salary that is tax free and a cash gift of P5,000

Top Senate leaders defend 2017 budget: It's pork-free

Jan 09, 2017 - 5:59 PM

The 2 highest Senate officials say there is nothing wrong with lawmakers submitting proposed projects, as they could still be rejected by the President

PORK-FREE. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon say the 2017 budget does not contain unconstitutional 'pork barrel' or lumpsum funds.

Lacson 'confused' about pork in 2017 budget – Nograles

Jan 05, 2017 - 4:27 PM

The chairman of the House committee on appropriations insists only specific line item projects identified by government agencies can be found in the approved 2017 budget

NO PORK? Representative Karlo Nograles bellies Senator Panfilo Lacson's claim that the 2017 budget is riddled with "pork-like" funds. File photos by Rappler

Lacson: DPWH got P9-B hike for 'pork' at Calamity Fund's expense

Jan 04, 2017 - 1:45 PM

What is sad here is the thought of sacrificing the victims of calamities for political favors and alliances says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo from Lacson's official Facebook account

Duterte vetoes direct income spending by gov't agencies

Dec 28, 2016 - 11:34 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the era of budget credibility has begun unlike in the past where the budget was vulnerable and open to abuse

Senators and Congressmen applaud as President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs Republic Act 10924 or the General Appropriations Act  for the fiscal year 2017 at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang on December 22. Photo by Ace Moradante/Presidential Photo

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Dec 22, 2016 - 10:36 PM

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Duterte signs P3.35-trillion 2017 budget into law

Dec 22, 2016 - 2:19 PM

UPDATED This is the first budget to be enacted under the Duterte administration and the highest allocation by any administration so far

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the board meeting with the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) at the State Dining Hall inside the Malacañan Palace on November 14, 2016. SIMEON CELI JR/Presidential Photo

House of Representatives: 10 biggest moments in 2016

Dec 22, 2016 - 10:30 AM

From congressmen in near fistfight to the hours long drama of the Bilibid drugs probe here are the top newsmakers at the House of Representatives in 2016

All illustrations by Janina Malinis/Rappler

SWS survey, Lacson, U.S. aid | Evening wRap

Dec 15, 2016 - 9:00 PM

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17th Congress bids 2016 goodbye with 2 laws passed

Dec 15, 2016 - 5:01 PM

UPDATED In 6 months Congress passes 2 laws: postponement of the barangay elections and the P3 35 trillion 2017 budget

ADJOURNED. The 17th Congress closes session for the year on December 14.

Lacson dares Duterte: Show political will, veto 'pork' in 2017 budget

Dec 15, 2016 - 1:48 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson is also thinking of questioning the pork barrel filled 2017 national budget before the Supreme Court

The Senate committe on human rights and justice joint with the committe on public order and dangerous drugs resumes its public inquiry on the extrajucial killings perpetrated by the Davao Death Squad on October 3, 2016.

Drug rehab, RH budget, Zika, and other public health newsmakers in 2016

Dec 15, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Here are 8 issues in the public health sector that made headlines in 2016

Aguirre, 2017 budget, Arroyo | Evening wRap

Dec 14, 2016 - 11:38 PM

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Senate ratifies P3.35-T national budget for 2017

Dec 14, 2016 - 4:21 PM

Senators Panfilo Lacson and Sherwin Gatchalian oppose the measure Lacson says there is still pork barrel in the 2017 budget

2017 BUDGET. Senate ratifies the bicameral conference committee report on the proposed P3.35 trillion 2017 budget.

House ratifies proposed P3.35T budget for 2017

Dec 13, 2016 - 7:35 PM

Congressmen have wanted to allocate P8 5B for development projects in the ARMM but concede to senators wishes to give the amount to CHED instead

RATIFIED BUDGET. Deputy Speaker Gwendolyn Garcia presides during the session on December 13, when the House of Representatives ratified the proposed 2017 budget. Screengrab from the HReps website

Lacson to House: Don't blame Villar for 'pork' cut from DPWH budget

Dec 13, 2016 - 1:45 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson appeals to members of the House of Representatives to confirm the appointment of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar

BLAME GAME? Senator Panfilo Lacson appeals to members of the House not to blame Secretary Mark Villar for the removal of alleged 'pork barrel' worth P8billion from the Department of Public Works and Highways budget.

Recto: Give free tuition to 1M state college students in 2017 budget

Dec 02, 2016 - 1:40 PM

The proposed fund if approved will be distributed to 114 state universities and colleges and will benefit students from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program households

14 things the Senate minority wants to see in the 2017 budget

Nov 29, 2016 - 8:45 AM

UPDATED The list includes itemization of lump sum funds increased budget for health programs and trimming down of government overhead expenses

Pimentel to DPWH: Why bid projects without 2017 budget approval?

Nov 22, 2016 - 10:32 AM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III urges the agency to probe the practice of bidding out projects even without the final approval of Congress and President Rodrigo Duterte

EARLY BIDDING. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III questions the Department of Public Works and Highway for bidding out projects even without approved budget allocation. File photo by Romeo Bugante/Senate PRIB

Pork barrel? DPWH grilled over P9B lump sum funds

Nov 21, 2016 - 2:20 PM

Senators Drilon and Lacson question why billions of pesos under the DPWH's central office in the proposed 2017 budget are not itemized

LUMPSUM. Senators question the lump sum allocations in the 2017 budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways. Photo from Sen Lacson's official Facebook account

10 executive agencies, gov't office with smallest budget for 2017

Nov 20, 2016 - 11:30 AM

The OVP CHR and CSC get the smallest budgetary allocation in the proposed 2017 national budget

WATCH: De Lima, Aguirre talk face to face on Senate floor

Nov 17, 2016 - 10:13 PM

Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre arch enemy of Senator De Lima is at the Senate to attend the discussions on the proposed 2017 budget of the Department of Justice

AWKWARD. Senator Leila de Lima and critic Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II meet face to face on the Senate floor during budget deliberations. Screenshot from Senate livestream.

Recto: Help prevent 'mass retrenchment' in DOH

Nov 12, 2016 - 11:42 AM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto says the health department s proposed 2017 budget will lead to a drastic downsizing of health personnel under the department s Rural Health Practice Program

TESDA chief: PH training centers need repairs, new equipment

Nov 03, 2016 - 7:50 PM

Had we sat down at TESDA earlier we would have addressed this through the 2017 budget says Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director General Guiling Mamondiong

'I PITY TESDA.' Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director-General Guiling Mamondiong says his agency needs more budget to improve their training centers and equipment. Screenshot from Rappler video

6 bills passed on final reading as House adjourns session

Oct 19, 2016 - 8:14 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas commends his colleagues for a truly productive session The House of Representatives resumes session on November 7

SESSION ADJOURNED. The House of Representative adjourns session on October 19. Session resumes on November 7. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Senate adjourns session with 1 bill approved on final reading

Oct 19, 2016 - 6:26 PM

The Senate is set to resume on November 7 and is expected to focus on the passage of the 2017 budget and the emergency powers to solve the traffic crisis

House approves P3.35 trillion 2017 budget

Oct 19, 2016 - 6:14 PM

The Lower House restores the budget cuts made against state colleges and universities as well government hospitals

APPROVED. The House of Representatives approves the proposed budget for 2017 on October 19. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ubial: PH drug problem a 'public health emergency'

Oct 18, 2016 - 4:16 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says around P145 million of its Quick Response Fund will be used to address the immediate needs in treatment and rehabilitation centers

DRUG SURRENDERERS. A Philippine policeman (L) stands guard as people queue up to register with the police during the mass surrender of some 1,000 alleged drug users and pushers in the town of Tanauan, 60 kilometres (37 miles) south of Manila on July 18, 2016. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Don’t dissolve Negros Island Region, lawmakers ask Duterte

Oct 14, 2016 - 4:36 PM

10 Negrense lawmakers write an appeal to the President

FATE OF NEGROS ISLAND. The decision to sign an EO dissolving the Negros Island Region was reached during the 7th Cabinet meeting on October 3, 2016, according to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno. Photo from Office of the Vice President

Aguirre defends DOJ budget before De Lima

Oct 07, 2016 - 2:23 PM

I will be very civil I will be a statesman says Senator Leila de Lima as she inquires about the proposed 2017 budget of the Department of Justice

2017 budget: House passes proposed P3.35T on 2nd reading

Oct 05, 2016 - 7:48 PM

Minority Leader Danilo Suarez is concerned how the proposed budget would be spent by the Duterte administration which is so focused on the war on drugs

PASSED ON 2ND READING. Lawmakers work for 9 hours to finish the plenary deliberations on the proposed 2017 budget on October 5. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DOF looks to formalize PH's AIIB membership this year

Oct 03, 2016 - 7:30 PM

In its proposed P21 3 billion budget for 2017 the DOF sets aside funds for joining the AIIB and for having attachés to China and Japan to monitor trade

Lawmakers: NCCA's proposed 2017 budget too low

Sep 27, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Wala akong alam na departamento na binawasan ng ganitong kalaking halaga Buhay Representative Lito Atienza says of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts proposed budget

OPAPP seeks 1,000% budget increase in 2017

Sep 27, 2016 - 1:20 PM

Secretary Jesus Dureza says the huge increase is due to the agency s implementation of the Pamana program which costs P7 billion in lump sum funds

1000 PERCENT INCREASE? Secretary Jesus Dureza says the huge jump is due to the agency's implementation of the Pamana program for conflict-affected areas.

DepEd lacks 15,000 teachers – Briones

Sep 26, 2016 - 3:40 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones also defends the proposed higher budget for 2017 saying more resources are needed due to backlogs and the implementation of Grade 12

Proposed P3.35-trillion 2017 budget reaches House plenary

Sep 26, 2016 - 1:45 PM

The House of Representatives will hold plenary deliberations until October 7

BUDGET DEBATE. The House of Representatives holds the first plenary deliberation on the proposed 2017 budget on September 26. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DepEd allots P15.5B for hiring of teachers in 2017

Sep 17, 2016 - 8:32 PM

We have a challenge in hiring Math and Science teachers [We need] a huge army of teachers we ll recruit more says Education Secretary Leonor Briones

What's in the proposed 2017 national budget?

Sep 17, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Among agencies, the Office of the President, along with the education and public works departments are the top gainers

Only around 500 surrenderers admitted so far in drug rehab centers

Sep 14, 2016 - 9:30 PM

By the end of September the health department hopes to have a system of reporting that will give weekly updates on what happens to the drug surrenderers

COMMUNITY-BASED. Drug users in Mandaluyong City attend their required weekly Zumba class for rehabilitation in Barangay Mabini-J Rizal covered court on July 10, 2016. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Gov't: Fewer flight delays due to stricter rules, 'common sense' approach

Sep 14, 2016 - 3:30 PM

It was reduced tremendously Minimum is about 5 to 6 delayed arrivals and very minimal in terms of departure says Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Eddie Monreal during a Senate budget hearing

FEW FLIGHT DELAYS. The Manila International Airport Authority reports a decline in the number of flight delays int he country due to stricter rules. File photo by AFP

Drilon to DOTr: Stop use of 'stone age' sirens to shoo animals off runways

Sep 14, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon asks transportation officials why sirens are still being used in some provincial airports to drive away cows and other animals that stray into runways

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Drilon seeks higher tourism budget amid 'negative' views on PH

Sep 14, 2016 - 9:30 AM

More exposure as a country the more tourists are coming with the correct marketing plan says the Senate President Pro Tempore

HIGHER TOURISM BUDGET. Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon prods officials of the Department of Tourism to increase its proposed budget for 2017, saying it is not enough for the country's 'branding.' Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Andanar: PCO's lapses 'will never happen again'

Sep 13, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar also takes full responsibility for the recent gaffes of the Presidential Communications Office

NO MORE MISTAKES? PCO chief Martin Andanar faces the House Committee on Appropriations on September 13. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

No questions asked: Congressmen hear OP, OVP budgets within minutes

Sep 13, 2016 - 1:55 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman of the opposition says following tradition he will reserve questions for the plenary deliberations

BUDGET HEARINGS. The Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President presents their respective proposed budget for 2017 on September 13.

DAR chief asks Congress: Make land distribution under CARP free

Sep 07, 2016 - 10:45 AM

UPDATED Only a quarter of the 900 000 CARP beneficiaries have completed payment for the land distributed to them even after state subsidy Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano says

What DOH is doing to deal with Zika, other public health threats

Sep 06, 2016 - 5:23 PM

The Department of Health says the agency s P144 billion 3 09 billion proposed budget for 2017 provides for the prevention and detection of Zika virus and other public health threats

Renovation, upgrade of DOH hospitals won’t go through PPP – Ubial

Sep 06, 2016 - 2:15 PM

This includes the new facility for the Fabella Hospital which is expected to be finished by May 2017

DOH-FUNDED. The renovation and construction of all government hospitals, including the Fabella Hospital (photo), will be funded by the 2017 budget, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial tells congressmen on September 6, 2016. File photo from Help Fabella Facebook page

PNP wages war on drugs despite P36-M budget in 2016

Sep 06, 2016 - 12:46 PM

But Police Director Benjamin Magalong acting PNP deputy chief for operations says the strong support of President Rodrigo Duterte and PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa is boosting their confidence to fight illegal drugs

CALL OF DUTY. Members of the Philippine National Police and the Scene of the Crime Operatives conducting investigation following a police operation against illegal drugs in the town of Plaridel, Bulacan on August 4. Photo by Eugenio Loreto/EPA