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MORE FUNDS FOR PGH, EAMC IN 2021 BUDGET – ANGARA

To ensure that indigent patients would be able to avail of free medical services for the entire year, the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) was provided with an additional P1.54 billion in its budget under the P4.5 trillion General Appropriations Act for 2021, Senator Sonny Angara said. As chair of the Committee on Finance, Angara pushed […]

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WORKERS TO RECEIVE AID IN 2021 BUDGET – ANGARA

Workers affected by the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to receive assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) next year as a result of the interventions made by Congress in the 2021 national budget. Senator Sonny Angara, the Chairman of the Committee on Finance, said the members of Congress were […]

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2021 BUDGET TO BOOST PH INTERNET SERVICE – ANGARA

Senator Sonny Angara said the country should begin to experience better internet connectivity even in remote and inaccessible areas once the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) completes the first phase of its National Broadband Program (NBP). Under the P4.5 trillion General Appropriations Bill that was ratified recently by Congress, Angara noted that the […]

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2021 NAT’L BUDGET TO FUND NEW LAWS – ANGARA

Apart from ensuring the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Sonny Angara said the P4.5 trillion national budget for 2021 also provides funding for several new laws that have far-reaching impacts on the lives of Filipinos. Angara, the chairman of the Committee on Finance that went over the budget measure, said the first priority […]

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ALLOCATE P300M FOR INNOVATION FUND – VILLANUEVA

Senator Joel Villanueva lamented the decision of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to reject the request of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) to allocate P300 million for the Innovation Fund next year as unemployment is projected to remain high as a result of business closures caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “We […]

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SOLONS WANT MORE FUNDING FOR DAR ‘MEGA FARMS’

Members of the House committee on appropriations are pushing for a P5 billion additional budget in the Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR) proposed P8.8-billion 2021 budget to support the agency’s ‘mega farms’ project. The House committee found the allocation for the DAR’s budget too small for the agency to fully implement land distribution and acquisition […]

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2021 BUDGET SHOULD SUSTAIN ECONOMIC RECOVERY – VILLANUEVA

With layoffs still in the horizon as the economy is sputtering back to life and with a still high unemployment rate, the 2021 national budget should fund priority sectors to sustain the recovery, according to Senator Joel Villanueva. Citing the 2021 national expenditure program (NEP), Villanueva raised concerns over the marginal increase in the budget […]