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CUA TO LGUS: USE ADDED FUNDS FOR PEOPLE’S BENEFIT

Local government units (LGUs) are set to receive a greater share of funds for next year. With the upcoming increase, Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines president and Quirino governor Dax Cua reminded his fellow local leaders to ensure that these funds are spent on programs that would benefit their communities. Cua said that […]

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DOH TO USE UNUSED FUND TO FIGHT COVID FLIRT 

Upon the initiative of Speaker Martin Romualdez and Ako Bicol Party-list Representative Zaldy Co, the House Committee on Appropriations met recently to examine the budgetary performance of the Department of Health (DOH) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 and the first quarter of 2024, to ensure that it complies with requirements and utilize public funds effectively […]

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ANAKALUSUGAN SLAMS PHILHEALTH FOR ‘HOARDING’ FUNDS

AnaKalusugan Party-list Rep. Ray T. Reyes scored the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) for continuing to give limited coverage benefits to its members even as it is posting high profits from premiums and subsidies. “Patuloy ang pagtaas ng Philhealth premiums pero hindi naman ito nararamdaman ng ordinaryong mamamayan. Ang laki ng kita ng Philhealth pero […]

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REPURPOSE P12-B PI PLEBISCITE FUND – ESCUDERO

With the “politician’s initiative” killed by a presidential order, the P12-billion fund in the Commission on Election’s (Comelec) 2024 budget earmarked for a plebiscite should now be used for other purposes, Senator Chiz Escudero said. At the hearing of the Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation chaired by Senator Imee Marcos, Escudero disclosed […]

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REALIGN DENR FUNDS TO OTHER AGENCIES – TULFO

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) failed to answer a lot of questions from Senator Raffy Tulfo regarding some projects affecting the oppressed Indigenous peoples (IPs) during the Senate deliberations on the proposed 2024 budget of said agency recently. Tulfo noted that one of the projects that did not follow due process and […]

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CAMPOS WANTS MORE FUNDS FOR CICC VS CYBERCRIME

The series of security attacks on government websites has prompted Makati City 2nd District Representative Luis Campos Jr. to press for up to P3 billion in additional funding to build up the capabilities of the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC). “We must bolster the CICC with all the necessary cutting-edge technologies to swiftly produce actionable […]

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CONGRESS SETS ADDITIONAL P40B FOR IRRIGATION

House Human Rights Committee Chairperson Benny Abante Jr. on World Food Day said that the additional P40 billion Congress has allocated to improve irrigation in the country will help boost the productivity of the agricultural sector and rein in rising food prices that make it more difficult for millions of Filipino families to eat three […]

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DICT NEEDS MORE FUNDS VS CYBER ATTACKS, SAYS SOLON

AKO BICOL Party-list Representative Zaldy Co, chairman of the House appropriations committee, said he “will work with our colleagues in the Senate to look for more sources of funds for the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT).” “We recognize the dire need for the DICT for resources to fight cybercrime and ransomware attacks. For […]

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ESCUDERO TO GRILL PSA, BSP ON P1.6B NAT’L ID FUND

Malacañang is asking for P1.6 billion in the 2024 national budget to “accelerate the issuance of the National Identification Cards” but Senator Chiz Escudero said he will ask “at what speed will it be done and will it be fast enough to overtake the backlog”. The proposed funding is lodged in the proposed P8.8 billion […]

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DOH TO PHILHEALTH: WE ARE STEWARDS OF PUBLIC FUNDS

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) warmly welcomed newly appointed Secretary of Health (SOH) Teddy Herbosa to its 8th Regular Board Meeting.  The Health Secretary is the ex officio non-voting Chairperson of the PhilHealth Board of Directors, its highest governing body. He joins 10 other ex officio and expert panel members currently in service. “We […]