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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

DOTr to terminate MRT maintenance contract

Aug 24, 2017 - 10:32 PM

It is clear to us that the maintenance service provider is not procuring the proper spare parts consumables and capital spares for MRT3 DOTr reveals in its budget hearing at the House of Representatives

HEARING. The Department of Transportation seeks a proposed budget of P73.8 billion for 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

PH military asks Congress for P124M EDCA 'counterpart fund'

Aug 14, 2017 - 9:07 PM

Armed Forces chief Gen Eduardo Año asks Congress for P124 million the Philippines has to cough up for the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement

BUDGET HEARING. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año defend their budgets before the House of Representatives on August 14, 2017

Marcos burial: Did AFP commit violations?

Nov 23, 2016 - 8:58 AM

I believe as a layman that those are very good arguments to win a Supreme Court case I wish you good luck Senator Lacson says in response to a point raised by Senator Hontiveros

Trillanes questions Duterte's P2-B confidential, intel funds for 2017

Oct 04, 2016 - 3:51 PM

If the Office of the President is unable to justify the need for the huge funds Trillanes says he will ask that the funds to be transferred to law enforcement agencies

DUTERTE'S INTEL FUNDS. President Rodrigo Duterte signs the guestbook during his visit to the Police Regional Office-12 Headquarters in General Santos City on September 23, 2016. Photo by Simeon Celi/PPD

After Rizal photobomb, DMCI 'obstructs' NAIA flight path – Ejercito

Sep 14, 2016 - 5:20 PM

UPDATED The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines says the minimum descent altitude for airplanes was already increased specifically because of Cypress Towers

PILOT'S ViEW. Senator JV Ejercito hits DMCI for 'obstructing' the flight path to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, thereby causing flight diversions to nearby Clark airport. Photo from Office of Senator Ejercito

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

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

DepEd hires over 3,900 college teachers for senior high school

Sep 02, 2016 - 5:20 PM

The education department has created a total of 36 461 items for senior high school Education Secretary Leonor Briones tells congressmen

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.

Over 3,000 college workers displaced due to K to 12

Aug 31, 2016 - 1:40 PM

The number of displacements is much lower than the initial projection the Commission on Higher Education tells congressmen during the budget hearing

CHED grilled on unused funds for student scholarships

Aug 31, 2016 - 1:00 PM

We haven t been releasing our funds as efficiently as we should I will admit that is a bit of a challenge CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan says during a budget hearing at the House of Representatives

Lower budgets for 10 state universities, colleges in 2016 – lawmaker

Aug 27, 2015 - 6:30 PM

Kabataan Representative Terry Ridon also identifies 20 state universities and colleges that will get lower allocations for capital outlay and MOOE

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

PH puts on hold repair of airstrip in West PH Sea

Oct 04, 2014 - 9:53 AM

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says the President had ordered them not to disturb the status quo to allow the Philippines to keep its moral high ground while the case is pending in the arbitral tribunal

PROVOCATIVE? The Philippines is set to repair the damaged Rancudo Air Field in Pag-Asa island in the Spratlys

Leftist lawmakers: Delete AFP chief ‘pork’ in 2015 budget

Sep 09, 2014 - 3:54 PM

The special provision provides that transfers may only be done upon the recommendation of the budget secretary and approval of the President

BUDGET HEARING: The House of Representatives committee on appropriations deliberates budget of the defense department on September 9, 2014. Rappler photo

Luistro: P25K minimum pay for teachers 'realistic'

Sep 08, 2014 - 8:13 PM

The education secretary says he is very supportive of any increase in the salary of teachers within the budget of the administration

DOH budget hearing gets tense, congressmen asked to dance

Sep 04, 2014 - 9:34 PM

Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag is asked to ease the tension when Department of Health s alleged hidden pork is questioned in the budget hearing

BREAKING INTO DANCE. Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag leads government officials in a short dance after a heated debate during the DOH budget hearing at the Lower House. Screenshot from Instagram video

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

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

SC justice rues shrinking judiciary budget

Jul 03, 2014 - 9:00 AM

The judiciary is one of the least funded institutions getting less than a 1 slice of the total budget pie

Jinggoy grills COA chief: Why gang up on us?

Oct 16, 2013 - 7:34 PM

Senator Jinggoy Estrada tells COA chief Tan not to blame lawmakers for the implementation of PDAF funded projects

Senators ask: Are colleges ready for K to 12?

Oct 15, 2013 - 8:00 AM

With only 3 years left senators urge colleges to already come up with a definite roadmap for absorbing grade 11 students in 2016

Budget hearing? Drilon grills SC justices on ‘pork’ TRO

Sep 11, 2013 - 2:05 PM

The Senate President turns the tables on SC justices Marvic Leonen and Diosdado Peralta presses them on a speedy decision before the year ends

Alcala: PH not yet ready for ASEAN Economic Community

Sep 10, 2013 - 8:52 PM

What steps are being taken to ensure Philippine products are competitive with those of ASEAN neighbors?

A HELPING HAND. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala says the department aims to provide more infrastructure and facilities in rice production to help make Philippine rice more competitive

Minority senators want answers from COA

Sep 10, 2013 - 5:53 PM

Senate finance committee chair Francis Escudero says questions from senators should not be interpreted as pressure on COA in relation to the pork barrel scam

In 10 mins, Senate panel OKs President's budget

Sep 03, 2013 - 12:29 PM

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Francis Escudero says there are no issues with the OP budget

Senators to cops: Improve visibility

Sep 02, 2013 - 3:20 PM

Visibility the lack of aircraft an ineffective hotline and pension are the problems hounding the police force

NO PROGRESS. Senate President Franklin Drilon says over the years, the PNP did not make any improvement in boosting police visibility in Metro Manila. Photo by Senate PRIB/Joseph Vidal

Itemize lump sum funds, gov't agencies told

Aug 27, 2013 - 8:34 PM

They have until October 15 to disaggregate their budget Abad says

DOLE threatened with budget cut

Aug 14, 2013 - 12:10 PM

Akbayan Rep Walden Bello wants to know if DOLE has sanctions against officials linked to the sex for flight scheme

Why is gov't slashing PAGASA's budget for 2014?

Aug 12, 2013 - 4:53 PM

The weather bureau is acquiring less Doppler radars and cutting down on contractual and project based employees next year

Abad: Pork barrel abolition ultimately up to Congress

Aug 07, 2013 - 6:45 PM

The budget chief says vetting of NGOs that receive PDAF is the responsibility of lawmakers too

HEARING. BSP Gov Armando Tetangco, NEDA chief Arsenio Balisacan, Budget Secretary Butch Abad and Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima answer questions from legislators. Photo by Rappler

Abad: Pork barrel abolition ultimately up to Congress

Aug 07, 2013 - 6:45 PM

The budget chief says vetting of NGOs that receive PDAF is the responsibility of lawmakers too

HEARING. BSP Gov Armando Tetangco, NEDA chief Arsenio Balisacan, Budget Secretary Butch Abad and Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima answer questions from legislators. Photo by Rappler

#BudgetWatch: No extension for budget submissions - DBM

May 08, 2013 - 8:38 PM

DBM urges agencies to be punctual in their submission of budget proposals and requirements

Lawmakers criticize BIR, Customs for missing targets

Sep 10, 2012 - 10:43 PM

Opposition lawmakers chide the finance department for its agencies revenue collection shortfalls as the 2013 budget face uphill battle in Congress