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Makati allots P8.07 billion for social services in 2020 budget

Nov 15, 2019 - 12:59 PM

This is nearly half of the P18.047-billion budget for next year passed by the city council and approved by Makati Mayor Abby Binay

2020 BUDGET APPROVED. Makati Mayor Abby Binay and Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo hand a P100,000 check to a centenarian from the city. Photo from Makati City government

Congress seeks P1.16-B special budget for Dengvaxia recipients

Mar 21, 2018 - 4:19 PM

(UPDATED) The additional budget, which has been requested by the budget and health departments, will be used to provide medical support, like hospitalization, medical kits, outpatient care services, and laboratory tests

BUDGET. The Department of Budget and Management and Department of Health will request a supplemental budget for Dengvaxia vaccinees. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

U.S. Congress gridlocked as budget, immigration deadlines loom

Feb 05, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Bitterly divided US lawmakers return this week to face a shrinking window for reaching deals on immigration, federal spending and the debt

A view of the Capitol dome is seen on Capitol Hill March 23, 2017 in Washington,DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. Secret Service crunched by Trump and family's travel

Aug 22, 2017 - 7:56 AM

Randolph Alles the service s chief says 1 100 agents will exceed caps for the fiscal year on salary and overtime pay because of the crushing workload

PROTECTING POTUS. This file photo taken on July 22, 2017 shows US Secret Service agents standing guard as Marine One helicopter with President Donald Trump on board departs the White House in Washington, DC. Yuri Gripas/AFP

Cagayan State U ordered to return P27M yearend bonuses

Sep 05, 2016 - 10:52 AM

All officials and employees of Cagayan State University are ordered to return the P40 000 year end incentive they received in 2014

Gov't sets higher fiscal deficit target in 2017 to boost spending

Aug 16, 2016 - 12:23 PM

As the needs of our people increase public spending must likewise expand to meet such demands President Rodrigo Duterte says in his first budget message to Congress

BETTER INFRA. The Aquino government is pouring more funds into economic services this year in line with its target to achieve sustainable growth. PHOTO BY ROLEX DELA PENA/EPA

Gov’t deficit rises to P120.3B in H1 2016

Jul 27, 2016 - 6:57 PM

For the first 6 months of the year government spending totaled P1 22 trillion 14 higher than last year s P1 07 trillion

Eastern Visayas gets largest chunk of bottom-up budget pie

Mar 28, 2016 - 2:28 PM

UPDATED The budget department allots P2 25 billion to the country s poorest region A large chunk is for disaster risk management projects proposed by communities

PhilHealth gets biggest share of subsidies among gov't firms in 2015

Mar 27, 2016 - 2:51 PM

Government owned and controlled corporations GOCCs received subsidies amounting to P78 01 billion 1 68 billion in 2015 according to the Bureau of Treasury

Obama to unveil election-tinged budget

Feb 09, 2016 - 8:43 PM

Legislatively the future looks bleak for Obama s 2017 fiscal year plan but it provides him an opportunity to fashion national and Democratic party priorities

In this file photo, people stand in line to purchase copies of US President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2016 Budget proposal at the Government Publishing Office Bookstore in Washington, DC, February 2, 2015. Saul Loeb/AFP

January to November tax collections improve – gov't

Jan 10, 2016 - 4:26 PM

The country’s tax efforts improved due to tax administration improvements the Department of Finance says

People's Survival Fund to be operational by December

Jul 08, 2015 - 5:05 PM

A board member of the fund says a call for proposals from LGUs for climate adaptation projects may be released in August

CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS. High waves caused by strong winds pounded the seawall of a port as Typhoon Yolanda hit the city of Legaspi, Albay. Photo by Agence France-Presse/Charism Sayat

Aquino turns down mayors’ plea to hike LGU funds

Apr 15, 2015 - 11:50 AM

Aquino says that although he wants to increase the pie for those doing well it is not as easy of a choice for local governments that don’t deliver

In this file photo, President Benigno S. Aquino III speaks at the Day of Valor celebrations at the Dambana ng Kagitingan, Mt. Samat Shrine in Pilar, Bataan, April 09, 2015. Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Imperial Manila? 'Conditional' budget hinders LGUs

Nov 25, 2014 - 9:46 AM

Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr says that instead of empowering LGUs ‘alternative’ but ‘restrictive and conditional’ sources of funds reduce their autonomy

LGU BUDGETING. Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. questions the Interior and Local Government Department's 'alternative' budget programs. October 2014 file photo from Senator Marcos' Facebook page

COA: Alcala office mishandled P759M in PDAF

Oct 12, 2014 - 6:30 PM

UPDATED The pork barrel of 27 lawmakers were channeled by the office of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala to NGOs mostly under Godofredo Roque s network a rival of Janet Lim Napoles operations

NEW FINDINGS. The Commission on Audit lays the blame on the office of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala in the misuse of P759 million worth of lawmakers' discretionary funds. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Malacañang noncommittal on pay hikes for teachers

Oct 05, 2014 - 2:51 PM

Lawmakers must first consider where the budget for the pay hikes would be sourced from Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr says

WORLD TEACHERS DAY. Will teachers receive salary increases in 2016? File photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Philhealth ordered to return P14M 'illegal' bonuses

Aug 17, 2014 - 6:38 PM

The Commission on Audit upholds auditors findings that the P14 million bonuses given to Philhealth Region 12 employees were illegal

The wheat from the chaff

Jul 25, 2014 - 9:00 AM

The only thing of any value is the truth The rest is trivia

The bright side of the DAP

Jul 13, 2014 - 12:14 PM

Yes there is something positive too about what we are going through – and how we can harvest these gains and use them to move forward will spell the difference for reforms in the country

Butch Abad and the PDAF-DAP debate

Jul 11, 2014 - 10:45 AM

Is there a place for transactional politics in transformational politics?

After NSA scandal, US intelligence budget declines

Mar 07, 2014 - 7:19 AM

The proposed 2015 budget which must be approved by Congress is lower than the 2014 national intelligence program budget

INTEL HQ. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Obama unveils election year 'growth and jobs' budget

Mar 05, 2014 - 7:39 AM

The mildly expansionary 3 9 trillion plan has little chance of passing Congress but Obama will use it as a platform to underline his populist voter friendly narrative ahead of the polls

GROWTH AND JOBS. US President Barack Obama, pictured here during  his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 28, 2014, proposes a 'growth and jobs' budget on an election year. Larry Downing/AFP/Pool

Pentagon proposes to shrink US Army to pre-WWII level

Feb 25, 2014 - 6:57 AM

The spending plan is the first to fully reflect a transition away from a war footing that has been in place for 13 years says US Defense Sec Hagel

SMALLER MILITARY. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs reporters on his recommendations to President Barack Obama for the fiscal year 2015 budget at the Pentagon, Feb. 24, 2014. US Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Hostutler/US Dept of Defense photo

US debt ceiling hike clears House, heads to Senate

Feb 12, 2014 - 7:20 AM

UPDATED The move dials back the threat of an election year fiscal showdown

NO STRINGS ATTACHED. The US House passes a debt ceiling bill without any preconditions, a sign of victory for embattled US President Barack Obama. File photo by EPA/Michael Reynolds

'Realign 2014 pork to calamity fund'

Oct 23, 2013 - 1:13 PM

Rep Biazon proposes the realignment of the P24 5B fund to help the recovery efforts in Zamboanga Central Luzon and Central Visayas

BIG PROPOSAL: Muntinlupa Rep Rodolfo Biazon wants the entire pork barrel budget for 2014 realigned to calamity fund. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena

Ramos takes swipe at admin officials

Oct 19, 2013 - 3:03 PM

If this administration wants to fast track development they should plan it not just for 6 years Ramos says

Former President Fidel V. Ramos. File photo by Ahmad Yusni/EPA

DENR: P21.4-M 'overspending' on meals 'reasonable'

Oct 10, 2013 - 4:09 PM

The increase in expenses was due to the unusual number of conferences the department held last year says Assistant Secretary Corazon Davis

'REASONABLE.' The DENR justifies its spending on food and catering, saying it hosted many conferences and activities

#PugadBaboy: Shutdown punchline 3

Oct 04, 2013 - 5:00 AM

The pork barrel scam and the US government shutdown

#PugadBaboy: Shutdown

Oct 04, 2013 - 5:00 AM

What the US government shutdown means

#PugadBaboy: Shutdown punchline 2

Oct 04, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Comparing the US Congress with the Philippine Congress

Bringing the 'public' back into 'Public Finance'

Sep 08, 2013 - 11:10 AM

Proposals will only work if we citizens engage in the design and implementation of the public budget

Palace: P18,000 for informal settlers not for 2016 polls

Jun 25, 2013 - 7:46 PM

Malacañang defends Interior Secretary Mar Roxas from concerns that he s using the relocation fund for informal settlers to position for the 2016 presidential elections

Congress: Aquino allies vie for funds committees

Jun 15, 2013 - 4:42 PM

The allocation of committees is more complicated in the Senate where there are only 24 members as it has to be agreeable to the majority

ON TIME: 15th Congress succeeded in consistently passing the government budget on time. File photo by Carmela Fonbuena

MovePH launches #BudgetWatch site

Mar 25, 2013 - 12:52 AM

BudgetWatch offers a platform to the general public to understand and participate in the people’s budget

House OKs P2.006-T gov't budget for 2013

Oct 15, 2012 - 9:31 PM

Only one lawmaker from opposition party Lakas CMD voted against the budget bill