Statement: Secretary Abad on the mobbing incident in UP Diliman

Ideally, we should be able to engage each other in frank, sober discourse. I wholly understand that fighting for the welfare of our country is often an emotional and passionate pursuit. But there is no place here for violence and aggression, and especially not in an academic environment. All that a mob wants is to harm its target, never mind truth or propriety; beyond that, it stands for nothing else.

DAP list detail-rich for public scrutiny

Countering claims that details in the recently published list of Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) projects were “sanitized,” the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) emphasized that the list of legislator-nominated projects supported through the spending acceleration program contains the pertinent details of DAP-supported projects, in line with the agency’s initiatives to make the budget more transparent to the public.

List of lawmaker-endorsed DAP projects out

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced that the list of legislator-nominated projects funded from savings and supported through the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) will now be accessible to the public through the DBM’s official web portal for the program. The list—which will be ready within the day—includes information on the projects and their respective endorsers in the House and Senate.

Budget reforms highlighted in good governance meet

The two-day national forum—which is spearheaded by the Aquino administration’s Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Cluster—will bring together around 200 participants coming from various Local Government Units (LGUs), civil society organizations (CSOs), business groups, academe, international partners, and the media, to talk about reforms on open governance and fiscal transparency.

Statement: The Secretary of Budget on the 6.4% 2014 Q2 GDP growth

Sec. Abad: We’re very pleased with the news of our 6.4-percent GDP growth for the second quarter of 2014. Although challenges over the previous year have affected the country’s economic momentum, our growth for the last quarter sends a clear and encouraging message: the country’s economy is set to pick up further as the year progresses.

Cebu Bus Rapid Transit gets go signal

As part of the country’s continuing investments in transport infrastructure to further expand economic development, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) approved the funding strategy and likewise issued a Forward Obligational Authority (FOA) to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) for the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in the total amount of P9.48 billion.

P1.6B paves way for Cavite-Laguna expressway

In line with the Aquino Administration’s drive to complete all road infrastructure by 2016, the budget department has released P1.6 billion to jumpstart the implementation of the Cavite-Laguna (CALA) Expressway Project. The fund release will partially cover the acquisition of Right-of-Way (ROW) and contract services for the project.

June infra spending spiked by 62.7% year-on-year

Consistent with the Aquino administration’s goal of pouring more investments into economy-driving sectors, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) today reported that year-on-year infrastructure spending soared by 62.7 percent to P24.4 billion in June alone, bringing total government disbursements to P987.7 billion in the first six months of 2014.

Proposed 2015 Budget now available in open format

The datasets in open format of the proposed 2015 budget—including the 2013 and 2014 General Appropriations Acts (GAA)—may be downloaded via the DBM website ( and via the Open Data Philippines portal (