2017 national budget - updates

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Does the Philippines have enough funds to deal with disasters?

Jul 12, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Typhoon season is underway in the Philippines and some officials warn the funds for handling calamities may not be enough

A look at the 2017 budget: Will it help Duterte fulfill his promises?

Jan 21, 2017 - 8:59 PM

Take a look at how the P3 35 trillion national budget has been allocated to fulfill some of President Duterte s promises

DepEd receives P543.2B in 2017 national budget

Jan 12, 2017 - 6:35 PM

The education department s increased budget will fund teachers salaries improve basic educational facilities purchase instructional materials and give financial assistance to students

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

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

Historic first: 20 gov't loans worth P7.6B up for audit

Dec 23, 2016 - 3:25 PM

A special provision in the newly signed 2017 budget law allows this congressional audit and investigation – the first of its kind in the Philippines

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 23, 2016

Dec 23, 2016 - 9:16 AM

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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

P2 billion allotted for free irrigation in 2017 budget

Dec 18, 2016 - 2:12 PM

The P2 billion will cover the maintenance expenses of irrigation facilities that the National Irrigation Administration charges from farmers

RAIN FED. Rice farmers are in need of free irrigation to free them from the burden of paying service fees to the National Irrigation Administration. Rappler file photo

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.

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

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

Senate approves P3.35T national budget for 2017

Nov 28, 2016 - 9:05 PM

The bicameral conference when senators and congressmen reconcile the differences in their approved versions of the budget – starts November 29

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

Duterte requires 'public debate' with UN expert before probe – DFA

Nov 16, 2016 - 8:02 PM

The foreign affairs department says UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard has also set conditions: freedom of movement in the whole country freedom of inquiry and security

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

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

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

Briones: Early Christmas break may affect students' learning

Sep 26, 2016 - 2:38 PM

We have to examine the data from the point of view also of impact on learning of the children because again it s not only the school children who add to the traffic it s really Christmas itself says Education Secretary Leonor Briones

EARLY CHRISTMAS BREAK? Education Secretary Leonor Briones says they are 'seriously studying' the proposal to have an early Christmas break for students. She, however, says it may affect students' learning. File photo

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

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

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

DSWD eyes P1.4B to help drug surrenderees

Sep 14, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The proposed amount will be used for DSWD s programs for reintegrating reformed drug users back to the community

REHAB BUDGET. The Department of Social Welfare and Development proposes a budget of P1.4 billion for drug rehabilitation in 2017.

Taguiwalo clarifies: DSWD still welcomes Congress referrals

Sep 14, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The social welfare secretary says her department will continue to receive referral letters from congressmen but these don t guarantee the approval of applications

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

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

DOE: Nat'l consensus needed to reopen Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

Sep 05, 2016 - 10:12 PM

DOE Undersecretary Donato Marcos says Secretary Alfonso Cusi has not issued a direct order to revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

REOPENING? The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is mulling reopening the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. File photo by Rappler

Investors not worried about Duterte war on drugs – DTI chief

Sep 02, 2016 - 2:19 PM

Now it’s safer out there in the streets We see the confidence says Trade and Industry chief Ramon Lopez

INVESTORS CONFIDENT. DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez faces the House Committee on Appropriations to defend the agency's proposed 2017 budget on September 2. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Congressmen on DSWD's 'anti-padrino' memo: We hold the money

Sep 01, 2016 - 7:27 PM

Memorandum Circular 9 reminds DSWD staff that endorsement letters from politicians should not be a primary factor in assessing beneficiaries of services

TENSION. Lawmakers drew tension duringthe budget hearing on DSWD as they raise concern over Secretary Judy Taguiwalo's memorandum that seeks to eliminate the culture of patronage.

Justice dep't eyes new office focused on EJK cases

Aug 31, 2016 - 8:56 PM

The Department of Justice gets a P2 051 billion boost in its proposed budget for 2017

SOLVING EJKs. A dead body with a sign board lays on the road in Tondo, Manila on July 28. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Bulk of P15-B ASEAN budget of President's office for car rentals

Aug 31, 2016 - 7:15 PM

Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the P15 billion budget has been trimmed down by the budget department from the initial request of P19 billion

BIG CHUNK. 'Big chunk will be used for rental of cars for dignitaries,' Diokno says during a Senate hearing. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

P458-B DPWH budget to fund 'most ambitious' PH infra program in 2017

Aug 30, 2016 - 7:06 PM

Secretary Mark Villar says the DPWH s proposed 2017 budget up by P61 billion from 2016 includes the P32 93 billion allotment for the Mindanao Logistics Infrastructure Network

BUDGET HEARING. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar defends his agency's proposed budget for 2017 before the House Committee on Appropriations on August 30. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

When the Ombudsman tells a congressman to use Google

Aug 25, 2016 - 10:49 PM

Davao Oriental 2nd District Representative Joel Mayo Almario asks Conchita Carpio Morales what the word ombudsman means

BANTER. Davao Oriental 2nd District Representative Joel Mayo Almario interpellates Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales during the August 25 budget briefing

Ombudsman questions DBM: Why not allow us to use savings?

Aug 25, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno clarifies that the Office of the Ombudsman may use its savings but it is time bound

FISCAL AUTONOMY. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales sits beside House Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas during the agency's budget briefing on August 25. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Summary killings under Duterte admin 'unprecedented' – CHR

Aug 24, 2016 - 6:54 PM

As a result the Commission on Human Rights is unable to respond to every single case We are at less than 20 now investigating 170 cases says Chairperson Jose Luis Martin Gascon

SUMMARY KILLINGS. Bodies of 2 dead women lies outside Paco Park with their hands ties and eyes and mouth taped on July 21, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Pagcor says proposal to merge with PCSO ‘difficult’

Aug 23, 2016 - 10:29 PM

A congressman points out during the budget briefing that the PCSO s main source of revenue is gaming which is under the jurisdiction of Pagcor

MERGER? Both PAGCOR and the PCSO generate funds for the Philippine government through the gaming industry. File photo of casino by Rappler

Pagcor to allocate funds for health programs

Aug 23, 2016 - 9:13 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones no longer wants gambling money from Pagcor to continue funding education programs

BUDGET BRIEFING. PAGCOR officials Sharon Quintanilla and Andrea Domingo face the House Committee on Appropriations on August 23. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

PCSO chief Maliksi stops reporting for work due to 'delicadeza'

Aug 23, 2016 - 3:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to name his choice for chairperson of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office

OUTGOING PCSO CHIEF. Former President Benigno Aquino III watches PCSO chairperson Erineo Maliksi. File photo by Rappler

PCSO mulls small town lottery expansion to boost funds

Aug 23, 2016 - 2:27 PM

There is an acceptable fact that gambling is a way of life ‘Di natin maaalis ito so pagkakitaan na lang says Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez who has proposed the expanded implementation of the Small Town Lottery

MONEY TALK. PSCO vice chairperson and general manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas II (2nd from right) faces the House Committee on Appropriations on August 23. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Pay hike for cops, soldiers included in 2017 proposed nat'l budget

Aug 22, 2016 - 8:56 PM

This is in relation to President Rodrigo Duterte s campaign promise to double the salaries of soldiers and policemen in 3 years

PARTIAL FULFILLMENT. The wage hike proposal is in partial fulfillment of his campaign promise to double the salaries of policemen and soldiers in 3 years. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Balanced budget 'impractical' for the PH until 2022 – Diokno

Aug 22, 2016 - 7:10 PM

Philippine economic managers flesh out the proposed P3 3 trillion national budget for 2017 – an amount seen to help free the country from high socioeconomic inequality

NOT FOR NOW. One thing is certain for the Philippine economy in the coming years: deficits are not going away, the economic team of President Rodrigo Duterte tells the House committee. Photos by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Duterte to Congress: Remove redundant posts in executive

Aug 16, 2016 - 2:42 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is urging lawmakers to pass a Streamlining the Government Act that would remove overlapping functions and offices in the executive branch

GOVERNMENT RIGHTSIZING. President Rodrigo Duterte wants to streamline the executive branch and is requesting Congress' help to do so. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Office of the President gets P17-B increase in 2017 budget

Aug 15, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the increase is due to the Philippines hosting of the ASEAN Summit in 2017

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte's office will be getting a budget 8 times larger in 2017 should the proposed budget be approved by Congress. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

No allocation for charter change in 2017 budget

Aug 15, 2016 - 7:46 PM

Senator Franklin Drilon says the non inclusion of appropriation for charter change is not surprising since the Duterte administration prefers a Constituent Assembly

NONE FOR CHA-CHA. The proposed 2017 budget did not allocate funds for charter change, one of the priorities President Rodrigo Duterte's administration. File photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Diokno on 2017 budget: No cap for lawmakers' pet projects

Aug 15, 2016 - 6:06 PM

The budget secretary says they will consider when congressmen identify specific projects which are consistent with the desire of the President for the development of the countryside

2017 BUDGET PROPOSAL. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno shakes the hand of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez as the Department of Budget and Management submits the proposed 2017 budget to Congress. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

2017 budget priorities: Infrastructure, agriculture, peace and order

Aug 15, 2016 - 4:40 PM

Social services get the higest allocation at P1 35 trillion while public order and safety gets P206 6 billion

'BUDGET FOR REAL CHANGE.' The DBM submits the P3.35-trillion 2017 budget to the House of Representatives. From left to right: House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, House Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, and House Appropriations Committee chairperson Karlo Nograles. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler