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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

Supreme Court rules some lump-sum discretionary funds as legal

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:08 AM

Four kinds of 'lump-sum' discretionary funds from 2014 are declared as constitutional for constituting singular correspondence

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

PH gov’t to operate under reenacted budget until Feb 2019

Nov 26, 2018 - 9:28 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign the 2019 budget on February 7

REENACTED BUDGET? Congress leaders are already giving the heads up that a reenacted budget scenario is likely to happen in 2019.

House approves proposed P3.757-trillion 2019 budget

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:55 PM

But House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says the executive branch is still requesting more reallocations, which will be finalized only at the bicameral conference committee level with the Senate

APPROVED. The House of Representatives approves the proposed budget for 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House fails to meet own deadline to pass 2019 budget by October

Oct 10, 2018 - 9:36 PM

The House of Representatives will still have time to pass the proposed P3.757-trillion budget for 2019 when session resumes on November 12

HOUSE PLENARY. The of House of Representatives has still not approved the 2019 budget on 3rd and final reading. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House approves on 2nd reading proposed P3.757 trillion 2019 budget

Oct 03, 2018 - 10:01 PM

Lawmakers form a small committee that will finalize individual amendments to the 2019 General Appropriations Act by October 9

ONE MORE READING LEFT. The House of Representatives approves the proposed 2019 budget on 2nd reading.

Diokno says free tuition law now part of GAA

Aug 02, 2018 - 7:48 PM

'We’re providing for it. Kasama na talaga sa budget,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, despite previously warning government would not be able to shoulder the cost of free tuition

ECONOMIC MANAGER. DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, during hearing on the proposed P3.8-trillion budget for 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte signs P3.8-trillion 2018 national budget into law

Dec 19, 2017 - 4:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte green-lights a 2018 budget that prioritizes infrastructure development and education

What's the share of gov't offices in the 2018 P3.8-T national budget?

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:46 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The 2018 national budget indicates the priorities of the Duterte administration, with infrastructure, education, and the interior affairs sectors gaining the most

Congress ratifies P3.767-trillion national budget for 2018

Dec 12, 2017 - 10:35 PM

Funds for anti-drug campaigns – the DILG's Masa Masid and the PNP's Oplan Double Barrel – are scrapped

P24B in salary hike awaits qualified gov't workers in 2018

Nov 22, 2017 - 2:00 PM

The government allots P24 billion for the 3rd tranche of the Salary Standardization Law to be out by January 2018, budget chief Benjamin Diokno says

Q&A. DBM Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno talks with media during "Breakfast with Ben" at the DBM Executive Lounge in Manila. Photo from the DBM

Senate moves resumption of session due to ASEAN

Nov 08, 2017 - 5:22 PM

The Senate will resume plenary deliberations on the proposed 2018 General Appropriations Act on November 16 and 17

Opposition lawmakers: Why 'rush' budget debate in the House?

Aug 29, 2017 - 9:39 PM

Davao 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles chairman of the committee on appropriations aims to finish plenary debates on the P3 8 trillion in 5 days

HOUSE SCRUTINY. Appropriations committee chairman Representative Karlo Alexei Nograles and Majority Floor Leader Representative Rodolfo Parinas attend a 2018 budget briefing at the House. Rappler file photo

House ends committee hearings on P3.8-trillion 2018 budget

Aug 27, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Plenary debates on the proposed 2018 national budget begin on September 4

2018 BUDGET. The House of Representatives is one step closer to passing the proposed 2018 budget. Rappler file photo

House approval of P3.8-T 2018 budget eyed mid-September

Jul 29, 2017 - 8:30 AM

First to defend their proposed budget before lawmakers are the DBM NEDA DOF and BSP

BUDGET TALKS. The House is set to debate on the 2016 General Appropriations Act this month. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'Build, build, build' gets a third of proposed 2018 national budget

Jul 24, 2017 - 7:56 PM

The government s infrastructure program will get P1 097 trillion in 2018 or 6 3 of the GDP

SUBMITTED. President Rodrigo Duterte submits the proposed 2018 nationa budget to Congress.

Education, infra to get bulk of proposed 2018 nat'l budget

Jul 15, 2017 - 4:26 PM

The second national budget crafted under the Duterte administration the proposed P3 77 trillion budget is 12 4 higher than last year

Robredo on 'underspending': OVP funds went to calamity victims, the poor

Jul 02, 2017 - 7:10 PM

In response to a Commission on Audit report Vice President Leni Robredo says her office had spent 86 of its available budget by the end of 2016

NINA-HIT. Vice President Leni Robredo visits Camarines Sur that was devastated by typhoon Nina. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

To shift or not: Ilocos Sur farmers urged to keep growing tobacco

May 30, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Candon City in Ilocos Sur goes against the Philippines local and international commitments to shift farmers away from tobacco to alternative crops and livelihood

What local governments owe tobacco farmers

May 29, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Tobacco farmers in Sta Cruz Ilocos Sur say their local government uses its share in excise taxes on cigarettes in funding non tobacco farming projects

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May 24, 2017 - 10:17 PM

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5 regional airports removed from PPP pipeline

May 23, 2017 - 3:50 PM

UPDATED It is back to zero for the development of 5 small airports in Bacolod Davao Iloilo Laguindingan and Bohol A prospective bidder feels embarrassed and dismayed over what has happened

TERMINATED. The development, operations, and maintenance of New Bacolod-Silay Airport was supposed to be auctioned off via the public-private partnership scheme. Image from

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

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

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Dec 22, 2016 - 10:36 PM

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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

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

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

DOH wants P1.2-B reproductive health budget in 2017

Sep 14, 2016 - 4:52 PM

This is a huge jump from the P165 million proposal earlier presented by Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial before lawmakers at the House of Representatives

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

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

DOH may have to divert family health fund to purchase contraceptives

Jan 08, 2016 - 11:32 PM

Health Secretary Janette Garin explains how the justifications for the P1 billion reproductive health budget cut by senators Legarda and Sotto don t add up

What happened to the 2016 budget for contraceptives?

Jan 07, 2016 - 2:28 PM

Senators say one reason for the P1 billion budget cut is the Supreme Court order prohibiting the DOH from granting any pending application for reproductive health commodities

Bicam OKs P3-T budget for 2016

Dec 09, 2015 - 4:15 PM

Congress leaders expect President Benigno Aquino III to sign the proposed 2016 budget before Christmas

BIGGEST BUDGET. The proposed 3-Trillion national budget for 2016 is the largest budget proposal submitted to Congress.

Full of pork? Congressmen approve P3-T 2016 budget

Oct 09, 2015 - 11:51 PM

UPDATED Kabataan Representative Terry Ridon says the budget is loaded with lump sums sneaky provisions crafted for fund juggling and billions of funds [for] the ruling party’s campaign war chest

APPROVED. The House of Representatives approves on October 9, 2015, the P3-trillion budget, which a congressman said would be used for the ruling party's campaign. Rappler file photo

NEDA Board approves LRT4, LRT6 projects

Sep 05, 2015 - 12:58 PM

UPDATED The board chaired by President Aquino also approves the Clark international airport new passenger terminal building Naga airport development project and the DOE s Sustainable Energy Program

President Benigno S. Aquino III presides over the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board Meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday, september 4, 2015. The meeting is said to review Public-Private Partnership project of the present administration. (Photo byl Joseph Vidal/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Bulk of CHED's proposed 2016 budget for K to 12 transition

Aug 26, 2015 - 3:23 PM

P8 28 billion in the Commission on Education s proposed budget will be used to assist college workers affected by K to 12 adjustments among other purposes

P3 trillion: PH's biggest nat'l budget submitted to Congress

Jul 28, 2015 - 4:45 PM

Social and economic services get the biggest chunk of the budget – P1 1 trillion

SUBMITTED. The Department of Budget and Management submits to the House of Representatives the proposed budget for 2016. Rappler photo

DBM: Lacson’s DAP, lump sum claims ‘inaccurate’

Jul 14, 2015 - 6:38 PM

This comes after former Senator Panfilo Lacson alleges that lump sums amounting to at least P424 billion are still present in the 2015 budget

CHED int’l research project begins after 2-year delay

Feb 13, 2015 - 12:56 AM

Government will fund and implement 8 projects under the Philippine California Advanced Research Institute with a total cost of P980 million for two years

Infrastructure investments to increase 4% of GDP in 2015

Feb 03, 2015 - 4:24 PM

The Department of Budget and Management says it has released P2 trillion or 78 of the 2015 budget to address procurement and implementation delays

DOTC rolls out MRT3 consultancy, procurement projects

Jan 25, 2015 - 12:13 AM

No takers for its maintenance contract and yet the agency now calls interested firms to bid for MRT3 s improvement projects

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

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

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