Government pours P775.5M into more classrooms, facilities

The National Government continues to invest in basic education with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) releasing P775.5 million to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to cover the construction of classrooms in areas experiencing acute classroom shortage nationwide.

P23-B supplemental budget to scale up Yolanda aid, APEC preps

In its bid to develop a more responsive budget plan for the next fiscal year, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is pushing for a P23-billion supplemental budget to ensure sufficient funding support for crucial development initiatives, including various infrastructure projects for post-Yolanda rehabilitation and government preparations for the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.

DBM lauds PhilGEPS, Customs for transparency responses

Secretary of Budget and Management Florencio “Butch” Abad commended the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for their efforts to enhance public access to their data via the net, in line with the Aquino administration’s continued commitment towards greater transparency and open governance.

August government spending rises by 6.1% year-on-year

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) reported that total government spending year-on-year increased to P1.296 trillion as of August this year, an expansion by P74.5 billion or 6.1 percent from 2013. This is in line with the Aquino administration’s commitment to respond to the country’s development needs through the delivery of high-impact programs and projects.

House-OK’d errata still at P4.77B

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) today emphasized that of the P13.4 billion in errata it submitted on the Aquino administration’s proposed 2015 budget, the Lower House approved only P4.77 billion, a figure considerably lower than the P43.6 billion cited by Sen. Francis Escudero in recent statements.

Good Governance Dialogues in Baguio to focus on justice

The Good Governance Dialogues is set to hold its last round of discussions in Baguio City, as the Aquino administration continues its campaign for improved governance beyond 2016 through budget reforms that will improve the execution of justice and preserve the rule of law in the country.

P50M to repatriate Pinoys in troubled Middle East

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released an additional P50-million to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to augment their P100-million emergency fund to help in the continuing repatriation of Filipinos affected by the deteriorating security situation in Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Gaza.

DBM chief not related to NBI official in PDAF probe

Secretary of Budget and Management Florencio “Butch” Abad clarified that he is not related to Ronald Aguto, head of the National Bureau of Investigation’s (NBI) Cybercrime Division, contrary to recent claims made by Atty. Joel Bodegon, counsel to Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.