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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

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

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

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

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

Where's P4 billion for farmers? Villar grills DBM, DA

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:15 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar wants the Department of Agriculture to account for how it used the funds that the Department of Budget and Management released in 2018

Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, presides the senate hearing on the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law on August 28, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DBM to submit proposal for new gov't salary hike to Congress

Aug 27, 2019 - 1:31 PM

The budget department earmarks P31.099 billion in the proposed 2020 budget for the compensation adjustment for civilian government workers

NEW SALARY HIKE. Government workers are now set to receive a new round of salary hike in 2020. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Cayetano will not tolerate 'parked' funds in 2020 budget

Aug 20, 2019 - 2:30 PM

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano notes that 'parking' of funds is 'a form of corruption'

'WALANG TAKIPAN.' Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says he will fight against corruption in the 18th Congress. File photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

2020 budget priorities: Infrastructure, social services, peace and security

Aug 20, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Under the proposed 2020 national budget, the Department of Education once again gets the lion's share with P673 billion

2020 BUDGET TURNOVER. (From L-R) House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr, House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, DBM Acting Secretary Wendel Avisado, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, House appropriations committee chair Isidro Ungab, House Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund Villafuerte. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte picks ex-Davao City administrator as budget secretary

Aug 05, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Wendel Avisado was President Rodrigo Duterte's city administrator from 2004 to 2010 in Davao City and his presidential assistant for Yolanda rehabilitation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to newly appointed Budget Acting Secretary Wendel Avisado during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte: Teachers to get salary increase in new Salary Standardization Law

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Senators of the 18th Congress have also filed bills seeking to raise public school teachers’ salaries

SALARY INCREASE. President Rodrigo Duterte wants salary increase for public school teachers. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

DBM ‘reenacts’ Makati City budget for 2019

Mar 26, 2019 - 10:32 PM

Makati Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo blames opposition councilors for the amendments on their P17.927-billion 2019 budget that are 'inconsistent with the existing laws'

REENACTED BUDGET. The national government is not alone in having a reenacted budget for this year, as the Department of Budget and Management declares Makati City's 2019 budget 'inoperative'. Photo by Shutterstock

DBM to Malacañang: Amend salary hike EO if budget impasse continues

Mar 15, 2019 - 5:47 PM

'With this measure, the long overdue compensation hike that our public servants have been looking forward to can finally be granted,' the DBM says

DBM. The facade of the Department of Budget and Management building in Manila. Photo by Judgefloro/Wikimedia Commons

[OPINION] Who should be the next budget secretary?

Mar 12, 2019 - 3:00 PM

For the sake of policy continuity, it would be best for the DBM to be led by a technocrat and not a politician

Diokno hopes next DBM chief 'not a politician'

Mar 06, 2019 - 11:09 AM

On rumors that House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be next budget chief, outgoing secretary Benjamin Diokno says: 'That's speculative. I don't want to comment on that'

OUTGOING. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno talks to reporters in his last day as Department of Budget and Management chief. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Budget Undersecretary Janet Abuel named acting secretary

Mar 05, 2019 - 3:30 PM

A career official at the Department of Budget and Management, Janet Abuel is a certified public accountant and the 1998 bar examinations topnotcher

ACTING SECRETARY. Budget Undersecretary Janet Abuel (right in photo) joins Secretary Benjamin Diokno has he presides over his last committee meeting at the DBM. Photo from DBM

FAST FACTS: Who is Benjamin Diokno?

Mar 05, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Get to know Benjamin Diokno, the new Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas governor

NEW BANGKO SENTRAL GOVERNOR. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno has been appointed as the new Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas governor. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DBM to push cash-based budgeting in 2019, despite rejection by Congress

Feb 13, 2019 - 12:24 PM

'We are doing it already. We don't need a law,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno of Congress' rejection of cash-based budgeting in 2019

REFORM. DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno is keen with pushing cash-based budgeting. DBM Photo

Sandiganbayan acquits former DBM, TRC execs of graft over PDAF scam

Feb 06, 2019 - 10:35 PM

Former budget undersecretary Mario Relampagos is cleared of 4 counts of graft, while former Technology Resource Center chief Dennis Cunanan is cleared of 6 counts of the same offense

PORK BARREL SCAM. This file photo shows the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. File photo by Darren Langit

Diokno confident Comelec to exempt big infra projects from election ban

Jan 30, 2019 - 11:23 AM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the Comelec had granted similar exemption requests in the past

EXEMPTED. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says exempting infrastructure projects' construction work during the election ban has been done in the past. File photo by DBM

House panel to issue show cause order vs Diokno

Jan 29, 2019 - 11:38 AM

Leyte 3rd District Representative Vicente Veloso moves for the House committee on appropriations to issue a show cause order to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

ROLANDO ANDAYA JR. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DBM procurement body bidding P198.8-billion contracts 'legal'

Jan 17, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Procurement for non-common use items of various government agencies can be done by the Procurement Service, says the Government Procurement Policy Board

LATEST ACCUSATION. Attached agencies under the Department of Budget and Management answer to House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr's latest accusations against Secretary Benjamin Diokno. Photos by Darren Langit/Rappler

Andaya hits DBM for bidding P168-B transpo projects in 2018

Jan 16, 2019 - 9:25 PM

But a DOTr official says the process was aboveboard, as they were the ones that sought the DBM’s help to be their procuring agent last year

ANDAYA VS DIOKNO. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr attacks DBM and its chief Benjamin Diokno anew on January 16, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gov't to deregulate sugar imports in 2019

Jan 16, 2019 - 10:52 AM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the move will 'put pressure on the domestic economy to compete with the rest of the world'

DEREGULATE. The Philippine government will be relaxing restrictions on sugar imports in 2019. Rappler file photo

DBM denies Bangsamoro plebiscite funds ‘missing’

Jan 15, 2019 - 7:18 PM

The Department of Budget and Management says P111.8M has been allocated in the 2018 budget for the plebiscite, while P95.8M is proposed in the 2019 budget

PLEBISCITE. Members of the Muslim community rally outside the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila as they join in the start of the plebiscite and campaign period for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law on December 7, 2018. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Napoles, ex-officials to be arraigned over Malampaya scam

Jan 13, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The Sandiganbayan junks with finality all motions which sought to block the criminal charges

Andaya to Diokno: Don’t hold hostage gov’t workers' salary hike

Jan 10, 2019 - 3:42 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says it will not be unconstitutional to implement the salary hike, as the reenacted 2018 budget has allocations for it

PAY NOW, NOT LATER. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr urges DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno to implement the salary hike for government workers this January. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DBM to study gov't workers' salary hike for 2020 to 2022

Jan 09, 2019 - 12:35 PM

'There will be a salary increase. It is not just a possibility,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

SALARY HIKE. Government workers can expect a new round of salary hike in 2020. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Diokno: Gov't workers' salary hike 'unconstitutional' without 2019 budget

Jan 09, 2019 - 11:08 AM

'If I don't adjust the pay by January 15, then sue me. There's no legal basis for that,' Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno tells House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr

'SUE ME.' Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno dares House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr to sue him over the release of government workers' compensation adjustment. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gov’t can implement salary hike without 2019 budget – lawmakers

Jan 08, 2019 - 6:23 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr warns he would take DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno to court if the government fails to implement the salary hike by January 15

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon (L) and House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr (R) says DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno (center) can implement the salary hike without the 2019 budget for now.

House panel summons contractor, DPWH officials to Sorsogon infra projects probe

Dec 27, 2018 - 11:49 PM

The owner of CT Leoncio Construction and several public works officials in Bicol Region are among those summoned to a House rules committee hearing on Thursday, January 3

SUBPOENAS ISSUED. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says the rules committee has summoned personalities for a probe into alleged anomalies in infrastructure projects in Sorsogon. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Arroyo as next finance or budget chief? Diokno says 'all speculation'

Dec 20, 2018 - 11:14 AM

'Sa job ko? My goodness... Kala ko kay Secretary [Carlos] Dominguez, hindi naman sa akin. But these are all speculation, okay,' says Diokno

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno at the Plenary Congress Plenary Hall to attend the 2018 budget deliveration on Tuesday, 11, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte Cabinet members slam House for 'disrespecting' Diokno

Dec 13, 2018 - 8:40 PM

They say the House resolution calling for Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno to be fired violates the doctrine of separation of powers in government

House wants Duterte to fire Diokno from DBM

Dec 12, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The House of Representatives wants Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno's appointment to be 'reconsidered' following lawmakers' corruption allegations against him

TO BE FIRED? Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno speaks during the question hour at the House on December, 11, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Diokno not involved? Sorsogon got P10-B infra projects in 2018 – Andaya

Dec 12, 2018 - 6:05 PM

(UPDATED) House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno's denial is 'unbelievable'

HOT SEAT. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno during the question hour on December 11, 2018, when lawmakers grilled him over the national budget. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang: Diokno a 'man of integrity'

Dec 12, 2018 - 1:03 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says lawmakers have yet to prove their allegations that Diokno abused his powers when it comes to the 2019 budget

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno at the Plenary Congress Plenary Hall to attend the 2018 budget deliveration on Tuesday, 11, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Budget insertions from executive branch? 'Diokno can answer'

Dec 10, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno can explain, adding that the Palace also got a message from House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

WORST CASE. Budget Secretary Diokno warns of the implications of a reenacted budget for 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

To tame inflation, agriculture must improve – economic managers

Dec 05, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Economic managers urge the Department of Agriculture to invest in modern farming tools to improve farmer productivity

IMPROVEMENT. Economic managers call on the Department of Agriculture to implement programs to improve farmer productivity. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

'No underspending': Nearly all funds under 2018 national budget released

Dec 05, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The Department of Budget and Management says 96.3% of the budget for the year has been disbursed as of November 22

NO UNDERSPENDING. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the national government did not underspend in 2018. Photo by DBM

Diokno blames Congress for delayed passage of 2019 budget

Nov 27, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the rollout of new projects in the proposed 2019 budget will be delayed by at least 5 months due to the election ban

WORST CASE. Budget Secretary Diokno warns of the implications of a reenacted budget for 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Foreign direct investments for January to August 2018 up by 31%

Nov 14, 2018 - 7:05 PM

This is despite a 17.7% dip for the month of August, compared to July

INVESTMENTS. Foreign investments dips in August 2018, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Photo by Ted Aljibe

Malacañang approves suspension of fuel excise tax increase in 2019

Nov 14, 2018 - 11:44 AM

(UPDATED) Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the suspension will be effective in the first quarter of 2019, and will be up for quarterly review

EXCISE TAX. The Philippine government will suspend the second round of the fuel excise tax hike as the country deals with soaring inflation. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Gov't workers to get yearend bonus, cash gift starting November 15

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) All qualified government employees will receive their yearend bonus tax-free, equivalent to a month's basic salary, and a P5,000-cash gift

Government contractuals get 2-year job extension

Nov 12, 2018 - 5:21 PM

Starting January 1, 2019, the salaries of contract of service and job order workers will be equivalent to what others in comparable positions in government are getting, says the DBM

OPPORTUNITIES. Contractual workers who are qualified will also be considered for appointment to regular positions in government agencies, the budget department announced on November 12, 2018. File photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Economic team urges agriculture dept to solve food supply problems

Nov 06, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The government's economic team says the Department of Agriculture must improve farmers' productivity to bring food prices down

FOOD PRICES. The government's economic team urges the Agriculture Department to implement reforms. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Infrastructure continues to boost gov't spending in August 2018

Oct 23, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Bulk of infrastructure and capital outlay disbursement in August goes to public works and military communication equipment

ROAD WORK. Workers install bricks for the sidewalk construction on the diversion road in Barangay Balabag in Boracay Island. Photo from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources