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COVID RESPONSE IS 2022 BUDGET PRIORITY — ANGARA

In consideration of the continued impacts of COVID-19 on the country, Senator Sonny Angara said that the pandemic response will be the foremost priority in the Senate’s version of the 2022 national budget. As the Chairman of the Committee on Finance, Angara took note of how the proposed 2022 national budget, as submitted by Malacañang […]

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P5-T 2022 NAT’L BUDGET GETS HOUSE OK – VELASCO

The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading the proposed P5.024-trillion budget for 2022. With 238 affirmative votes, 6 negative votes, and no abstention, the chamber passed House Bill 10153, or the 2022 General Appropriations Bill (GAB), which is the last full year budget to be enacted under the administration of President Rodrigo […]

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RESTORE FUNDING OF BARMM SUCS – HATAMAN, SANGCOPAN

Two lawmakers from Mindanao want to provide funding for state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) that have zero allocations in the 2022 national budget proposal. Deputy Speaker Mujiv Hataman of the Lone District of Basilan and Anak Mindanao party-list Representative Amihilda Sangcopan filed House Resolution No. 2251, […]

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P1.8B IN 2022 BUDGET FOR ELECTRIFICATION PROJECTS

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) said P1.827 billion has been allocated to support the continued implementation of the rural electrification projects in the proposed budget for fiscal year 2022. The bulk of the said amount, or P1.627 billion, is appropriated for the implementation of the Sitio Electrification Program. At least P200 million is earmarked for […]

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2022 BUDGET MUST KEEP UP WITH COVID-19 – ANGARA

Senator Sonny Angara sees the need for more flexibility in the processes involved in the annual submission of the national budget to keep up with the constantly changing demands and situation on the ground during the pandemic. As the chairman of the Committee on Finance, Angara noted that many of the requirements of the various […]

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MAKE 2022 NAT’L BUDGET GENERATE JOBS — VILLANUEVA

With the pandemic still battering the country’s employment numbers, Senator Joel Villanueva called on the government to “wring out as many jobs as possible” from the next year’s P5.02 trillion national budget. “We should be creating more jobs out of the buck. This budget should be a job generator,” Villanueva stressed. The veteran legislator said […]

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PASS RESPONSIVE HEALTHCARE 2022 BUDGET – FRASCO

A Cebuano lawmaker has pushed for the passage of a national budget for next year that will tackle the country’s healthcare response amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Cebu 5th District Representative Duke Frasco said the “paramount objective is to pass the most responsive and comprehensive budget” to answer the medical needs of the […]

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HIKE IN HEALTH WORKERS’ SRA IN 2022 BUDGET URGED

Senator Joel Villanueva said funds for the two special pay allowances for medical front liners should be “rolled over” in next year’s national budget. Villanueva is however proposing a bigger 2022 allocation for the Special Risk Allowance (SRA) and the COVID-19 Active Hazard Duty Pay (AHDP) so that health workers may receive bigger amounts of […]

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BIGGEST SHARE IN 2022 BUDGET FOR EDUCATION HAILED

A group of educators hailed the government’s “statement of intent” to address the education crisis by allocating the largest share of the proposed 2022 national budget to the education sector. “The education sector getting the largest share in the proposed budget signals the government’s intent to deal with the crisis. Magandang farewell gift ito ng […]

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LACSON ASSURES: SENATE TO PASS 2022 NAT’L BUDGET

Senator Panfilo Lacson assured the public the Senate will pass the proposed P5.024-trillion national budget for 2022 on time, amid preparations for the May 2022 general elections. Lacson, who will seek the presidency in 2022, said he and his fellow senators will do their duty to scrutinize the proposed budget and pass it before Congress’ […]