We laud the decision of our peers in the Senate to open the bicameral committee proceedings for the 2014 National Budget to the public. This sets the stage for more transparent and participatory budget deliberations, which will allow us to further engage citizens in the budget process and help them deepen their sense of ownership of the National Budget.
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P1.06 billion to cover for the rehabilitation and recovery of infrastructure in areas damaged by Typhoon Pablo nationwide. The amount, which will be released to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), will be used for the reconstruction and repair of several bridges in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental under the DPWH-helmed Task Force Pablo Rehabilitation Plan, which supports the reconstruction and rehabilitation of damaged national roads and bridges critical to the economic development of the affected areas.
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P969.3 million to the National Power Corporation (NPC) to support the operational and maintenance requirements of the Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG), which implements electrification projects in the most remote areas of the country.
As the prospect of heavy rainfall and torrential storms continues to prevail until the end of the year, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced the release of P3.38 billion to the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the continued implementation of the Housing Program for Informal Settler Families (ISFs) Residing in Danger Areas in Metro Manila.
In fulfillment of the Aquino administration’s commitment to support the country’s retired uniformed personnel, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has announced the release of P3.03 billion to the Armed Forces of the Philippines for the pension payments of a remaining 16,295 pensioners.
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced today that expenditures for infrastructure and capital outlay continued to track significant year-on-year growth, with a 33.9-percent increase for the expense class recorded as of September this year. This is in line with the Aquino Administration’s continued commitment towards rapid, sustainable and inclusive growth under its Economic Development Agenda.
Following the outpouring of international aid for the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda, the Aquino administration today announced the launch of the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (FAiTH), a groundbreaking web-based initiative that will allow the public to monitor the status of foreign assistance to the country in response to disasters and calamities.
In a bid to speed up the delivery of aid to areas struck by super typhoon Yolanda, the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) has given the go signal for emergency procurement for agencies involved in disaster response activities.
Secretary of Budget and Management Florencio “Butch” Abad today lauded the decision made by the Lower House and the Senate to waive their remaining Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) to augment the Calamity Fund, adding that such a move would help expand the government’s resources for post-disaster operations in the wake of super typhoon Yolanda.
“President Aquino recognizes that with little to no resources, government employees who were affected by the super typhoon will have a very difficult time getting back to their feet. We recognize as well that millions of public servants whose respective cities were spared by Yolanda are only too keen on giving what they can and helping those who survived such a horrific calamity.”