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Virus crisis sends Canada deficit soaring to all-time high

Jul 09, 2020 - 4:20 PM

The Canadian government's debt is seen to surge from $765 billion in March 2020 to $1.236 trillion by March 2021

DESERTED. A street in the town of Niagara Falls, Canada, is seen during the coronavirus pandemic on April 27, 2020. Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images/AFP

Where did funds from 2019, 2020 budgets for coronavirus response go?

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:38 PM

As of May 27, at least P353.86 billion has been released from available funds in the two national budgets to fund coronavirus-related measures

Duterte wants cash aid given to poor families in downgraded GCQ areas

May 15, 2020 - 12:47 PM

The President wants families who received the first tranche of emergency COVID-19 aid to still get the second tranche, even if their areas were put under GCQ from ECQ

DSWD Social Amelioration Program beneficiaries of Barangay Pasong Tamo in Quezon City receives P8,000.00 on the last day of cash aid distribution on Thursday, April 30, 2020, from the government during extended enhanced community quarantine Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH economy to contract by up to 3.4%, higher debt seen in 2020

May 13, 2020 - 11:55 AM

Weak growth and higher spending due to the coronavirus crisis are expected to bloat the Philippines' budget deficit for 2020

Cayetano insists beef with DBM chief over infra budget not about pork barrel

Apr 26, 2020 - 2:21 PM

'Kung ang iniisip ng iba na may pinoprotektahan dito 'yung tinuturing mong pork barrel eh 'di sana nilagay na namin sa batas na bawal kunin 'yong infra,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act

HOUSE LEADER. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano presides over the special session on March 23, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Brewing disagreement' between House, DBM as funding for select infra halted

Apr 24, 2020 - 4:53 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says if this is the case, then Congress should not have passed the Bayanihan law

SPEAKER VS DBM? Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano speaks during a press conference on February, 24, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Belt-tightening: DBM slashes gov't expenses by 35%

Apr 24, 2020 - 1:59 PM

Another 10% of operating expenses and capital outlay for government agencies under the 2020 budget are no longer available for release

LOCKDOWN. Philippine Army troopers from the Joint Task Force-NCR inspects motorists entering Metro Manila at a community quarantine checkpoint at the NLEX Mindanao Avenue, Quezon City on March 15, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte declares P246.28 billion savings for coronavirus measures

Apr 20, 2020 - 10:38 PM

Of the P246.28 billion total savings, the budget department releases P148.93 billion to concerned agencies to be used for pandemic response

CASH AID. Distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020, part of the 'Bayanihan to Heal as One Act' to provide subsidy to low income families affected by enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Rappler+ Webinar: Monitoring gov't funds to fight the coronavirus

Apr 16, 2020 - 11:49 AM

Via Zoom at 10 am on April 17

'Pantawid quarantine': Duterte gov't eyes release of P8,000 each for millions

Mar 22, 2020 - 2:16 PM

Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda says minimum wage earners prevented from working because of a lockdown can avail of the assistance

HELP TO COME. Consumers buy goods more than their daily need at a Market in Quezon City on March 13, 2020, after President Duterte announced on March 12 a community quarantine due to the rise in COVID-19 infections in the city. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PARTLY FALSE: Duterte gov't 'slashed' P10 billion for DOH in 2020 budget

Mar 18, 2020 - 9:03 PM

The President's proposed budget initially allocated a lower amount for the DOH for 2020 compared to 2019, but Congress increased it after bicameral discussions. Duterte did not veto these increases.

[ANALYSIS] How the budget deficit exploded under Duterte’s watch

Mar 05, 2020 - 1:16 PM

Allowing the deficit to blow up to 6.8% last quarter does not reflect well on fiscal managers and suggests fiscal irresponsibility and mismanagement

CA confirms Wendel Avisado as budget secretary

Feb 26, 2020 - 3:07 PM

Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado assured the Commission on Appointments that he will be the 'first to go' if there is corruption at the Department of Budget and Management under his watch

Secretary Wendel Avisado of the Department of Budget and Management takes questions from the Commission on Appointments committee on budget and management at the Senate on February 26, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DICT's P800-M confidential funds: 2nd biggest in 2020 budget

Feb 08, 2020 - 2:59 PM

The DICT, under scrutiny for its questionable release of P300 million in confidential funds in 2019, gets an even bigger sum than the government's anti-drug agency in 2020

House bills seek P2-B fund for DOH to buy masks, protective equipment

Feb 05, 2020 - 3:10 PM

House committee on ways and means chair Joey Salceda also wants to allot P20 million for the hazard pay of epidemiologists on the frontlines of battling the novel coronavirus

CORONAVIRUS SCARE. Lawmakers want to augment DOH's budget this year to help buy face masks and protective equipment against the 2019 novel coronavirus. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappelr

House health panel chair seeks P1B to help DOH combat novel coronavirus

Feb 03, 2020 - 3:15 PM

House committee on health chairperson Helen Tan says she wants to increase the P900-million additional budget that the DOH requested to boost the government's response to the new virus

CORONAVIRUS SCARE. Filipinos wear masks while walking at the Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City on Friday, January 31, 2020, following the first case of 2019-nCoV detected in the country. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

2020 budget: A year of compromises

Jan 09, 2020 - 4:01 PM

Part 2: This year's budget is far less controversial than 2019, but to achieve that, compromises were made. Will it be worth it?

2020 budget: Where will the money go?

Jan 08, 2020 - 9:53 PM

Most departments gain substantial increases in 2020's P4.1-trillion national budget, as the government recuperates from the effects of the 4-month budget delay in 2019

DBM: Philippines has P1.82 billion for OFW evacuation from Middle East

Jan 08, 2020 - 1:25 PM

The Philippine government can also tap the P13-billion contingent fund for the evacuation of Filipinos from the Middle East, should the budget be insufficient

Is the salary increase for teachers, gov't workers enough?

Jan 07, 2020 - 9:24 PM

(UPDATED) With nearly a million teachers nationwide, a salary increase for them would already entail big sums of money, according to some government officials

Duterte signs P4.1-trillion 2020 budget into law

Jan 06, 2020 - 4:21 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte signs the 2020 budget bill into law, less than a week after the Philippine government started to operate under a reenacted budget

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs into law the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2020 during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on January 6, 2020. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Philippines welcomes 2020 by operating on a reenacted budget

Jan 01, 2020 - 12:00 AM

The P4.1-trillion 2020 budget is scheduled to be signed by the President on January 6, forcing the government to operate in the first few days of January 2020 with the funds appropriated in 2019

Duterte extends validity of 2019 budget

Dec 26, 2019 - 9:57 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte approves the extended validity of 'all appropriations' in this year's national budget until the end of 2020

BUDGET EXTENSION. President Rodrigo Duterte approves a law extending the 2019 budget's validity to December 31, 2020. File photo by Malacañang

National budget may be signed in January 2020 – Cayetano

Dec 23, 2019 - 9:25 PM

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says that while the budget signing will be slightly behind schedule, projects will not be delayed

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, and other House leaders hold press conference on December 23, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

5 best smartphones from P10,000 to P15,000 in 2019

Dec 20, 2019 - 10:09 PM

From the Realme 5 Pro to the Redmi Note 8 Pro, here are our picks for the best phones in this price range

5 best smartphones under P10,000 in 2019

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:05 PM

From the OPPO A5s to Samsung Galaxy A20s, here are our picks for the budget phones of the year

Acosta asks Duterte to veto provision defunding PAO lab in 2020 budget

Dec 13, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Chief Public Attorney Persida Acosta claims the PAO forensic lab was defunded to 'jeopardize its operations' but lawmakers have said that the lab just duplicated the work of other agencies

CHIEF PUBLIC ATTORNEY. PAO Chief Persida Acosta wants the PAO forensic lab to get funding under the 2020 budget. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lacson urges Duterte to veto questionable P16B in bicam-approved 2020 budget

Dec 12, 2019 - 7:49 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson hopes the President would once again veto questionable items in the proposed 2020 budget, just as he did with this year's fiscal plan

ANTI-PORK. Senator Panfilo Lacson raises questionable projects in the proposed 2020 budget. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte's economic team proposes P4.64-trillion budget for 2021

Dec 11, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Universal health care, anti-poverty measures, climate change, and the peace process are among the government's priorities for 2021

Global slowdown spoils Duterte's 8% GDP growth dream

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's economic team lowers the Philippines' growth target to the 6.5% to 7.5% range for 2020 to 2022

Congress passes P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020

Dec 11, 2019 - 4:10 PM

But Senator Panfilo Lacson accuses the House of allegedly inserting P16.345 billion worth of projects in the 2020 budget

Plenary Hall-The of House of Representatives approved the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bicam approves P4.1-trillion 2020 national budget

Dec 11, 2019 - 11:55 AM

The Senate and the House of Representatives are expected to ratify the bicam report on the 2020 budget on Wednesday, December 11, during their respective sessions

BICAM. The Senate contingent, led by Senator Sonny Angara as the Senate finance chairman, signs the panel report on the bicam-approved P4.1-trillion 2020 budget. Photo from Office of Sherwin Gatchalian

Bicam meetings on 2020 budget to push through despite Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 03, 2019 - 10:20 AM

House appropriations committee chair Isidro Ungab and Senate finance committee chair Juan Edgardo Angara will meet to settle contentious provisions of the House and Senate versions of the 2020 general appropriations bill

CLOSED DOOR MEETING. Senate committee on finance chair Juan Edgardo Angara and House committee on appropriations chair Isidro Ungab will meet to discuss the proposed 2020 budget on December 3, 2019. Photo from Ungab's Facebook page

P12-billion budget for Cebu province approved

Dec 02, 2019 - 7:44 PM

The Cebu provincial board allocates over half its P12-billion budget to social services. It is approved without opposition.

APPROVED. Vice Governor Hilario Davide III presides over Cebu provincial board session approving P12-billion budget for 2020. Photo from Sugbo News/Cebu Province Public Information Office

No traffic improvement by end of 2019? Blame Congress, says Duterte

Nov 30, 2019 - 7:40 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte asks Congress to pass the 2020 national budget in December to avoid another delay that could impact government projects

Motorists endure heavy traffic along NLEX in Quezon City as they return from the northern provinces during the long Undas weekend on Sunday. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bicam to ‘amicably resolve’ 2020 budget issues behind closed doors

Nov 29, 2019 - 1:30 PM

House committee on appropriations chair Isidro Ungab and Senate committee on finance chair Juan Edgardo Angara will meet one-on-one to settle the conflicting provisions in the budget bill

BUDGET TALKS. The 18th Congress' bicameral conference committee on the proposed 2020 budget convenes on November 29, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

2020 budget includes salary increase of gov't nurses

Nov 28, 2019 - 9:01 PM

Senator Lacson says government nurses can start getting higher salaries as early as January 2020

HIGHER SALARIES. Nurses from Filipino Nurses United (FNU) and nurses from different public and private hospitals ask for 30,000 salary increase, safe nurse to patient ratio, and quality patient care during a press conference at Ermita Manila on 8 October 2019. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

Reporting on the SEA Games fiasco

Nov 28, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Only incompetent officials are panicking over the media’s exposés

Senate OKs bill extending validity of 2019 budget

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:11 PM

Now approved by both houses of Congress, the proposal to allow the government to continue spending from 2019’s delayed budget just needs the President’s signature

SENATE SESSION. Senators voted unanimously on November 26, 2019, to extend the validity of the 2019 national budget for another year. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lacson says pork-free national budget an ‘impossible dream’

Nov 21, 2019 - 9:40 PM

After flagging some P20 billion in dubious items in different agencies’ budget proposals, the senator says he finds the hunt for ‘pork' funds ‘more exciting than irritating'

HIDE AND SEEK. Senator Panfilo Lacson says he finds the yearly hunt for questionable items in the proposed national budget 'more exciting than irritating.' File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bloated SEA Games budget and other exposés

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Who says budget hearings are boring?

Faeldon tried to realign P1-billion BuCor budget to Mindoro prison

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'We heard that he (Nicanor Faeldon) was interested in running for an election post in Mindoro. Certainly, to request to realign P1 billion to Sablayan detention facilities in Mindoro becomes suspect,' says Senator Franklin Drilon

REALIGNMENT. Sacked BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon attempts to realign P1 billion to the Sablayan penal farm in Mindoro, where he was earlier rumored to run for governor. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Judiciary gets additional P2-B budget, more judges to be hired

Nov 20, 2019 - 1:11 PM

The Presidential Electoral Tribunal gets a P13.05 million share from the additional budget

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta during the Judiciary budget hearing at the Senate on November 20, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Duterte defends P50-M SEA Games cauldron

Nov 20, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Owing to its design by the late National Artist for Architecture Francisco Mañosa, the President claims it is impossible to estimate what an 'appropriate' cost would be since it is a 'product of the mind'

NO CORRUPTION. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 43rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on November 6, 2019. Presidential Photo

Sotto calls for halt in implant contraceptive funding for 2020

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:13 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III questions the ruling of the Food and Drug Administration that Implanon and Implanon NXT are non-abortifacient

GO SIGNAL. The FDA says contraceptive implant brands Implanon and Implanon NXT are non-abortifacients. Illustration by Shellete Gipa/Rappler

P1.5 billion worth of SEA Games funds will not undergo public bidding

Nov 19, 2019 - 5:55 PM

(UPDATED) Speaker Cayetano says the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee were overwhelmed and couldn't handle the funds, so Phisgoc had no choice but to accept 'financial assistance'

House Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano, chairman of the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), Senator Bong Go and Butch Ramirez, PSC chairman pose for posterity before the start of the floor deliberations of the 2020 budget of the Philippine Sports Comission. November 19, 2019.  Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate plenary deliberations on the PSC 2020 budget

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Senate Minority Franklin Drilon has raised questions on the proposed budget of the agency responsible for the hosting of the 2019 SEA Games. Watch the Senate deliberations live on Rappler.

3 years on, Bong Go still wrongly thinks CHR 'protects' only criminals

Nov 18, 2019 - 9:24 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says they are mandated to remind the government to punish criminals 'in accordance with the rule of law'

BONG GO. Senator Bong Go interpellates the 2020 budget of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and directly questions CHR chairman Chito Gascon on November 18, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House approves bill extending validity of 2019 budget

Nov 18, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Lawmakers earlier approved a joint resolution on the budget extension, but they turned it into a bill to avoid issues on legality

BUDGET EXTENSION. The House of Representatives moves to extend the validity of the 2019 budget for another year. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Drilon questions P50-million ‘kaldero’ for 2019 SEA Games

Nov 18, 2019 - 1:25 PM

(UPDATED) ‘We do away with 50 classrooms to build a P50-million kaldero that we use only once? I am not even talking about overpricing. I'm talking about propriety,’ the Minority Floor Leader says

SEA GAMES. The government spent P50 million for a giant cauldron (center) which will be used for the torch lighting ceremony at the 2019 SEA Games. Photo courtesy of BCDA