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DA NEEDS ADDITIONAL P12-B BUDGET FOR FOOD SECURITY

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is seeking an additional P12 billion (B), on top of the recommended P95-B budget for 2022, to address surmounting food and agriculture global challenges onto the “new world.” “We are entering a ‘new world’ — the global scale of the ‘new normal’ as an offshoot of the COVID-19 pandemic — […]

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DEPED P629-B 2022 BUDGET GETS SENATE OK — BRIONES

The Department of Education (DepEd) successfully defended its approved budget for 2022 amounting to P629.8 billion before the Senate of the Philippines. DepEd and its attached agencies are set to receive a P629.8 billion budget for its National Expenditure Program for 2022, 6% higher than its P595 billion budget in 2021 to primarily support the […]

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DBM TOLD TO PRIORITIZE VIROLOGY INSTITUTE BUDGET

The chair of the House Ways and Means Committee lauded President Rodrigo Duterte for ordering the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to include the Virology Institute of the Philippines (VIP) in the President’s budget proposal for 2022. Albay Representative Joey Salceda said Duterte’s prioritization of the VIP in the national budget will help ensure […]

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PEACE PARTY TO LGUS: HIKE BUDGET FOR EDUCATION

An education advocacy group urged local government units to “set aside a greater amount for education” for 2022, as the windfall from the Mandanas ruling on the internal revenue allotment kicks in. “Our LGUs will play a crucial role in addressing our education crisis. With the Mandanas ruling finally taking effect next year, they will […]

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PANGILINAN TO SENATE: PROBE P25-B VACCINE BUDGET

Senator Kiko Pangilinan said additional spending on the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines needs to be subjected to a Senate hearing. Earlier, Budget Secretary Wendell Avisado said that the government needs an additional P5 billion on top of the P82.5 billion allocated for vaccine procurement under the Bayanihan to Recover As One Act or Bayanihan 2. […]

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P50B SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET EYED FOR PENSION FUND

The chair of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations said Tuesday he would file a P50-billion supplemental budget to augment the Pension and Gratuity Fund (PGF) for retired uniformed personnel in the 2021 national budget. ACT-CIS party list Representative Eric Yap made the statement after Anakalusugan party list Representative Mike Defensor, a known ally […]

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SENATE TO ASSIST IN AFP MODERNIZATION – ZUBIRI

Senate Majority Leader Migz Zubiri took to the Senate floor to raise the issue around the recent series of accidents involving dated military aircraft, resulting in numerous deaths and casualties. His speech comes at the heels of a recent helicopter crash in Impasug-ong, Bukidnon. A Philippine Air Force Huey helicopter crashed on a field, killing […]

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SENATE OKS P85.6B DA BUDGET – DAR

The Philippine Senate has approved the proposed P85.58-billion budget of the Department of Agriculture (DA), including those of its bureaus, and attached agencies and corporations. Senator Cynthia Villar sponsored and defended virtually the proposed DA budget and that of the National Irrigation Administration (at P31.56B) before her colleagues, who were present physically and virtually at […]

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NEA: RESTORE P9B BUDGET FOR RURAL ELECTRIFICATION

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) welcomes the resolution filed by the ‘power bloc’ of the House of Representatives that seeks to restore P9 billion in the agency’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2021. Power Bloc representatives filed on September 22 House Resolution No. 1245 urge the House Committee on Appropriations to restore the P9 billion […]

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GOV’T NEEDS P152B BUDGET FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

The government is seeking a budget of P152.35 billion for the implementation of its convergence program on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction next year. This is according to the Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCAM-DRR), chaired by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The Cabinet cluster […]